Another special Dwarf Eucalyptus for small gardens: Eucalyptus citriodora ‘Scentuous’

The lemon scented gum is one of my favourite fragrances, that pungent citronella smell released after the rain or at dusk on a summer evening makes me all sentimental about our incredible flora.
Unfortunately Eucalyptus or Corymbia citriodora doesn’t mix so well with the urban landscape, firstly they get tall, very tall and secondly as with most smooth barked Eucalypts like like to drop their branches in a strong wind.

However now there is a dwarf grafted form available, which only reaches 7-8 metres in height! Hoorah! In the image above you can see one which was planted about 3 years ago and is around 6 metres already.

I have camped in lemon scented gum forests and been intoxicated by the smell and not a single mosquito was to be found even though it was the height of Summer.

Eucalyptus ‘Scentuous’ is tall and narrow and very weeping in habit, its will reach around 3 to 4 metres wide, and develops the striking smooth white trunk the same as the full size tree.

Eucalyptus ‘Scentuous’ will grow in full sun to part shade and prefers a well drained soil. Due to its smaller size it is very versatile, and great for gardens of all sizes and perfect for streetscapes. The bark and flowers add visual intrest all year round.

The flowers are prolific and nectar rich attracting bees and birds alike, they also have a very strong honey scent.

This great dwarf Eucalyptus is a worthwhile addition to any garden large or small, and well worth giving pride of place in a native garden, make sure you plant it close so you can regularly enjoy its lemony scented goodness!

14 replies on “Another special Dwarf Eucalyptus for small gardens: Eucalyptus citriodora ‘Scentuous’”

  1. Cat on

    What kind of climate/conditions would this Eucalypt be suitable for? I’m from Canberra and lemon-scented gum is my favourite. I would love to be able to grow this in my garden!

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Cat,

      I’m not sure how it would go in Canberra with the frost, perhaps if you could protect it from frost for the first couple of winters it may become harden to the climate?

      Good Luck!


  2. Belinda on

    Hi I live in Adelaide and this dwarf variety has one our LOVE would it geow well dor us and if so please tell me how to or where to find stockists in my area .thankyou for your insightful knowledge so hard to find !!!

  3. Kath Gadd on

    Hi Belinda,

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery do a mail order service, that might be your best bet,
    02 95482818.

    Best Wishes,


  4. Anna Gregg on

    Hi Kath,

    I have a 1.4m natural rock wall at the rear of my North West Facing rear yard. There is an ugly paling fence above this (boundary fence) that stands around 3meres high. I have 8 metres of my garden bed in front that I would like to plant a row of small gums with native grasses underneath. The soil is a bit on the clay side and gets a bit boggy with long periods of rain. I have used clay breaker and added native soil mix to improve the soil. I was wondering if you could recommend a small gum that would work in this situation. I was thinking either Eucalyptus Pauciflora Little Snowman or the Eucalyptus Citrodora Scentuous or Baby Citro. Would love some advice. I live in West Chatswood. Thanks Anna

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Anna,

      It might be a good idea if you can send me some photos? and tell me a little more about the aspect? is it exposed and windy? how deep or shallow is the soil etc.



  5. Carmen on

    Hello. I love the classic tall lemon-scented gums for their broad-reaching branches, and would like to recreate this look in my garden. But, as you say, I can’t have the 30m tall branch dropping version in my backyard. This dwarf ‘scentuous’ version appears very straight and limbless in your photo. Will it develop wider-reaching limbs as it ages or is this tall and narrow profile typical of the tree? If it will stay narrow, could I plant several of these trees only meters apart to form a little grove? Or would you advise against this?
    Is there another ‘backyard suitable’ gum tree that will give me the classic sprawling gum tree look I am after? I am happy for it to be quite tall. 10-15m. I had considered scribble gum until I realised they are super branch droppers too.
    Thank you.

  6. Lyn Stunden on

    We have one about 3 meters from the front windows can these be pruned. Hav3 recently moved in and are wondering if we should remove it as we’re worried about size. We we tol it is a dwarf, grafted Lemon scented gum .

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Lyn,

      If they are the dwarf species they don’t get very wide, they tend to become a narrow tree to about 6-7 metres.
      You can prune them after they flower and they will be fine.

      Best Wishes,


  7. Troy on

    Hi Kath,
    I know this post was quite some time ago so I understand if you don’t wish to reply. If you do however my question is for this particular gum, would it be wise to plant in the vicinity of a sewer? I am after a feature tree to my front yard in Hervey Bay. NW aspect on clay/loam clay.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Troy,

      Usually the main roots remain in the drip zone (the area under the tree branches at maturity). I wouldn’t put it anywhere where the drip zone will extend over pipes so no I probably wouldn’t place it in the vicinity yof your sewer. It is a great tree to have if you can keep it a little away from those foundations.

      All the best,

  8. Richard on

    Hi Kath! Are the dwarf varieties safe to plant within, say 2m of the foundations of a home? I’m aiming to shade a north facing brick face of a home from the high summer sun.

  9. Shane on

    Hi Kath,

    Another belated addition to this post but having just now discovered it while researching this fascinating dwarf gum I thought I’d try my luck.

    By all accounts, once established, it is a tree requiring very little maintenance. However, I am still curious to know your thoughts regarding pruning, watering and nutrition and also if there are any prevalent pests and/or diseases one should be aware of for this specific species.

    Any info would be most welcome and much appreciated.

    Thanks & regards


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