Our tale begins in an area of western Australia called Kalgoorlie. It is the story of two lovers. One from the species Eucalyptus torquata and the other from the species Eucalyptus woodwardii. They were two kids who had nothing to lose. It was them against the world and in the end nature prevailed. It was a spontaneous moment but the two hybridized and created a spectacular specimen known as Eucalyptus 'Torwood'. Simply put, Eucalyptus 'Torwood' is one beautiful small tree. We recently met in a garden and this tree had me at "Hello". It has the most strikingly sunny blossoms I've seen in awhile. Turns out the flowers of this small tree are well stocked honeypots of nectar. A bee's paradise. You can't look at these crazy cool flowers and not feel cheerful, they beam with beauty.
Other cool things about Eucalyptus 'Torwood' are the crazy flower buds, commonly referred to as gum nuts. They look like some sort of urn from atlantis. When the flowers are ready to burst, these urns tip their caps and bundles of brilliant yellow to orange stamens burst forth like summery solar flares. The nectar within has the slightest scent of eucalyptus. The newer growth stems of Eucalyptus 'Torwood' have a subtle rosy blush to them that can be powdered with a strikingly frosty color. These stems, along with the handsome blue-green foliage, set the perfect stage for the bountiful blooms that burgeon the branches in late winter thru summer.
Eucalyptus 'Torwood' is a fast growing tree. In a garden situation it can grow to about 18 feet tall and wide. It likes full sun, well-draining soils, and is drought tolerant once established. It's also hardy down to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius. The nice thing about this Eucalyptus is that it doesn't get ginormous. It's perfect for a yard yearning for some fashion forward flora. One thing to note, it will bring the bees to the yard. This tree is often planted for honey production cuz the bees can't get enough of that Kalgoorie kandy!