One of the signs posted by the Department of Site Preservation in Petah Tikva Municipality, which indicates buildings or places that are part of the city’s history.
The tree was photographed that day Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
: The Lemon-scented Eucalyptus
The tree was brought from Australia, like the other eucalyptus trees, with the beginning of settlement in the Land of Israel in modern times.
So they thought that these trees, due to their large water consumption, would have dried up the swamps. Which has been proven wrong. This tree was planted in 1910, like the other trees in the colony, by the colony’s son Avraham Janowski (1862-1939), who owned a nursery that provided these trees.
The tree was planted at the request of the Ezekiel Robinson family of veterans of the colony who even built his house here
In 1915, locust streams that spread in Israel consumed many of the colony’s trees, including the eucalyptus trees. This lemon eucalyptus tree was saved thanks to the fact that the Robinson family covered the tree with a tin barrel.
Its name is given to it because of the leaves which spread a strong odor of the lemon fruit especially when the dried leaves are mumbled.
Once a year towards the summer the tree sheds its bark, then the shiny trunk is revealed in its whiteness. Hence the name of the colony children "White Eucalyptus".
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