Let's Go Crazy. Let's Get Nuts. - Eucalyptus macrocarpa

 |Eucalyptus macrocarpa stamens|

|Eucalyptus macrocarpa stamens|

Here we are in a vast ocean of beauty.  Allow yourself to be swept away by the distinctive depth of color that swirls before you.  Let it pull you in as it explodes into a vibrant vision of voluptuousness!

 |Eucalyptus macrocarpa floral detail|

|Eucalyptus macrocarpa floral detail|

Flora fashionistos and fashionistas get ready.  And just like that a stunning star of breathtaking beauty is born.  Let me introduce you to Eucalyptus macrocarpa commonly known as Rose Of The West or by its Aboriginal name, Mottlecah.  This is one plant that drives me crazy with excitement.  Whenever I see it, I lose my mind over how its strikingly strange beauty overwhelms me.  It displays gorgeously ghostly stems, foliage, and flower buds.  Give it to me!

 |Eucalyptus macrocarpa form + foliage + bud|

|Eucalyptus macrocarpa form + foliage + bud|

Eucalyptus macrocarpa is a rare shrub/small tree that comes to us from western Australia.  It can grow up to a variable 6 - 10 feet tall and wide.  It has an amorphous form with stems rising, falling, twisting, and turning every which way giving us a very sculptural look.  The foliage, newer stems, and flower buds look as if they are coated in the finest silvery sugar that shimmers in the sun.

 |Eucalyptus macrocarpa bud + blossom stages|

|Eucalyptus macrocarpa bud + blossom stages|

A lot about the texture of Eucalyptus macrocarpa is chunky, bold, and big.  The flower buds remind me of sugar dusted figs plump with gorgeous goodness.  When these flower buds burst open they release richly colored rays of stamens that remind me of a rose colored star burst.  These flowers can measure up to 6 - 7 inches across.  They are huge and bodacious with beauty!  Eucalyptus macrocarpa blooms spring and summer then intermittently throughout the year.  Growing one of these babies requires full sun, well-draining alkaline soil, and regular to low water.  It is drought tolerant once established and can tolerate temperatures down to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius.  I can't say enough about this small scale, manageable eucalypt.  The plant itself is so distinctively cool.  The flowers are beyond this world.  Couldn't you see something like this as a cut flower?  It truly is an incredible garden plant that should be worshipped for its super chic and unique stylishness.