flowering eucalyptus

isn’t this gorgeous?

On my way to the post office the other day, I spotted this eucalyptus with its spectacular cluster of red flowers and gumnuts. The tree has a smooth bark with broad lanceolate leaves on reddish-brown twigs. It looks majestic this time of the year. I was surprised that I didn’t notice this tree before.

Eucalyptus leucoxylon is a medium size tree that flowers profusely in winter (now, I know why). Depending on the different species and varietal, there are some trees that bear white or pink flowers. I picked a few branches home to surface print on wool fabric. The result was amazing and I am happy to share!

twigs are smooth and reddish-brown.

clusters of mature seed pods or gumnuts

front view of prints

close view of dark prints from rust & eucalyptus

front view, I love this one!

back view, tied markings from combination of rust and eucalyptus barks in dyebath.

closer view of tied sttrings markings

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6 Responses to flowering eucalyptus

  1. Hi Melinda, your prints look great. I’m trying to do some felted scarves and wraps to get ready for a bit milder weather and more dyeing.


  2. kristin says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Now if only I could reach the leaves on the Eucalypts in my neighborhood.


  3. betty says:

    Beautiful tree and prints!


  4. Nicola says:

    Lovely, how I wish I had access to this variety of eucalyptus, so spectacular looking flowers and lovely prints!


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