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Distance Learning Eucalyptus Course

"Identify and Grow hundreds of different Eucalyptus"

This is a comprehensive foundation course on the genus Eucalyptus, covering identification, culture (propagation, soils, landscape uses, feeding), and uses. Throughout the course you build both a knowledge of the group as a whole, and of the range of species you can identify.

Eucalypts are primarily natives of Australia; but have been cultivated widely around the world, from the tropics to cool temperate areas and from very wet to very dry climates. In this course, you will learn that there are Eucalypts suited to just about any climate and location.

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Learn to Grow and Use Eucalyptus 

"Propagate and care for eucalyptus"

This is a course for amateurs and professionals; land managers, farmers, plant collectors and breeders, nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.



The content of each of the eight lessons is as outlined below:

1.  Introduction.  Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the group, information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)

2.  Culture.  Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc.

3.  Propagation.  Methods of propagating this group of plants.

4.  The most commonly grown varieties.

5.  Other important groups.

6.  Lesser grown varieties.

7.  Making the best use of Eucalypts

8.  Special Assignment.  On one selected plant or group.


Duration:  100 hours



  • Describe the classification of Eucalypts.
  • Discuss general cultural requirements for growing Eucalypts.
  • Propagate Eucalypts.
  • Differentiate between identifiable characteristics and cultural requirements in a number of commonly cultivated Eucalypts.
  • Discuss characteristics of a wider range of Eucalypt species.
  • Describe commercial uses for a range of different Eucalyptus species.
  • Plan the establishment of a collection of different cultivars of Eucalypts (eg. Gums, Mallees, Tall Trees, Short Trees, Dryland Species), suited to growing in a specified locality.

What are Eucalypts?

Eucalypts can vary from low shrubby plants to huge trees, which are in fact the tallest flowering plants in the world. They can occur in all types of environments, from deserts to wet rainforests, from sea level to high altitudes, and from the tropics to cool temperate places that are blanketed by snow for many months of the year.

Most eucalypts produce lignotubers. Tuberous swellings develop in the axils of the cotyledons and the first few leaves. These unite to form a tuberous mass which may continue to grow and become woody. It contains several dormant vegetative buds which develop upon death of the plant stem (brought about by fire, drought or physical action) and produce new stems.

Epicormic Buds
Epicormic buds are dormant vegetative buds which lie beneath the bark. They allow the tree to regenerate following destruction of the crown, for example by fire.

Bark Variations
The bark of eucalypts varies with the plant’s age, the manner of shedding bark, the degree of furrowing, the colour, hardness and thickness. Mature eucalypts gain a layer of bark each year which contributes to the expansion of the tree’s girth. The outermost layer of bark dies each year. In some species the dead bark is shed completely, either in one season or in phases throughout the year. These are known as smooth barked species. The bark may be shed in long strips or in different sized flakes. 
In other species the dead bark is retained. These are known as rough barked species.
‘Half-barks’ or ‘blackbutts’ are species in which the dead bark is shed on the upper half of the trunks and retained on the lower half.
The newly exposed smooth bark of some smooth-barked species and half-barks may bear different colours, e.g. orange or yellow, fading to grey. 
If the smooth bark is covered with a layer of white powder, a powdery bark-type results.

The botanical classification of Eucalypts has changed a lot in recent decades, and some changes have been controversial, and not accepted readily by all experts. This situation can sometimes make the naming appear confusing.
This course will help you to grow your knowledge of Eucalypts and understanding of why some information may appear contradictory.

Study, learn to identify, and grow Eucalypts, across a wide range of situations.





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Meet some of our academics

Rosemary Davies (Horticulturist)A graduate of Burnley Horticultural College; Rosemary has over 30 years of experience in horticulture. Her training was extensive covering both amenity and production horticulture; developing pactical skills and a deep understanding of the sciences that underpin horticulture. She worked with the Agriculture Dept in Victoria as a consultant or advisor to both farmers and home gardeners. Over the years, her experience has been as broad as her training, working on radio with ABC radio, a garden editor (with several major publications) and as a teacher, writer, garden designer and consultant. Rosemary has led several garden tours to the UK and Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has written six gardening books and collaborated on many others. Rosemary brings a unique personality, knowledge base and passion to the school; an an infectious love of horticulture in support of our students. She holds a B.Sc Hort,, Dip.Hort.Sc., Dip. Advertising & Marketing and B.Ed.
John Mason (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Nurseryman, Landscaper, Garden Writer, Parks Manager and Consultant. Over 45 years experience; working in Australia and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 100 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.

Check out our eBooks

EucalyptsExtensive guide to understanding Eucalypts, Corymbia and Angophora
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Scented PlantsScented plants can be either a delight or a curse. For many people, there is nothing more pleasing than a garden filled with fragrance, but for others who suffer allergies, certain plants can make them physically ill; sometimes very seriously.
Growing FernsA complete guide to growing Ferns in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. A great reference for professional and amateur gardeners, and fern enthusiasts from anywhere around the world.