Native to Southeastern Australia and the island of Tasmania, this is a large evergreen tree that grows up to 297 ft. tall and 6 ft. or more in diameter with most growing from 100-175 ft. feet tall. The tallest currently known specimen in Tasmania is currently 297 ft. The natural distribution of the species includes Tasmania and southern Victoria (particularly the Otway Ranges and southern Gippsland). This species was planted in Hawaii in 1865 after being successfully planted in Western California in 1856 from Australian seeds. Blue Gum trees have been a part of the California landscape since the Gold Rush. They were planted in huge numbers well before the timber speculation wave hit. Part of the reason for planting the trees was for windbreaks on farms and orchards, as seedlings can grow 25 feet per season for several years after planting, and don't need much additional help growing. Tasmanian Blue Gum leaves are used as a therapeutic herbal tea. The flowers of the tree are a good source of nectar and pollen for bees. The tree has naturalized in California and Hawaii and about 1915 was starting to be viewed as an invasive species in California. As of 2014 it was considered the #1 invasive exotic species in California. The wood is closer to the density and working properties of Brazilian hardwoods than any native North American hardwoods and takes a very nice polish.