natural dyeing, eucalyptus sideroxylon

clusters of deep pink flowers–striking

Last week, I discovered a medium sized eucalyptus tree at the corner of the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. I walked closer to have a good look. To my surprise, it is a Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon), a species that is quite rare in this area. It is a beautiful tree with deep ridged trunks; long blade-like leaves and clusters of distinctive reddish-pink flowers with fluffy and showy stamens.

This tree was blooming with deep pink flowers, its branches drooping from the weight, so much so, the tips of the branches swept the ground. Bees, attracted by the scent and brilliant color of the flowers were hovering busily about the tree. As I watched the bees travel from flower to flower, I noticed that some of them were even attracted to the freshly fallen petals that laid upon the ground like some colorful carpet. Bees and eucalyptus–I am curious to know what the honey taste like.

freshly harvested eucalyptus sideroxylon

Following are leaf prints made on a raw silk table runner. The heart shaped prints are eucalyptus cinerea. I love the vibrant colors!

full length view–a display of Iron redbark and cinerea

close up view of leaves and stems

strong prints and color from the flower

seed and leaf prints…stunning!


heart shaped prints from eucalyptus cinerea

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4 Responses to natural dyeing, eucalyptus sideroxylon

  1. morgenmaker says:

    Lucky you! The eucalyptus leaves are so lovely! Raw silk is on of my favourite silks to print on – not much lustre but so much detail.


  2. Baukje says:

    So beautiful, really gorgeous results . I never tried on raw silk, i am a beginner with eco dyeing….. I wish we had those trees here wher i live in the center of France. Maybe you would be so kind to send me some leaves and flowers…… Lol.
    Have a good sunday


    • mltai says:

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am fortunate to be able to get hold of eucalyptus over here. Have you try the florist shop? Good luck Busybeefree. ❤


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