Blue Gum (Eucalyptus) was introduced from Australia to the rest of the world following the Cook expedition in 1770. Collected by Sir Joseph Banks, botanist on the expedition, it was subsequently introduced to many parts of the world, notably California, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Uganda, Israel, Palestine, Galicia and Chile.
Blue Gum is now one of the most extensively planted eucalypts. Its rapid growth and adaptability to a range of conditions is responsible for its popularity. Eucalyptus are the basis for several industries, such as sawmilling, pulp, charcoal and others.
Numerous Eucalyptus species have been introduced into South Africa, mainly for timber and firewood but also for ornamental purposes.
In South Africa they are considered invasive, with their water-sucking capabilities threatening water supplies. They also release a chemical into the surrounding soil which kills native competitors.
Blue Gum is the most efficient and economical choice for warming your house. Blue Gum fires are long lasting, resin free and provides continuous heat. Blue Gum is also perfect for pizza ovens.