River Red Gum

The Red River Gum in Government House Gardens was planted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on a tour to Western Australia in 1958.

The River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is one of Australia’s most iconic trees.

They are the most widespread of the eucalypt tree and thrive across the country, even in drought conditions.

The tree is easily recognised for its smooth white or cream-coloured bark, and they get their name from their favoured location along river beds, and also the red colouring of their freshly exposed wood.

The Red River Gum has been well used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for making canoes and utensils.

The tree’s wood also contains high levels of  chemicals that form a natural antibiotic, making them ideal for use in traditional medicine.

River Red Gum - Planted 1958
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