How to Dry Eucalyptus Leaves


Native to parts of Australia and Tasmania, the eucalyptus is a hardy, aromatic and ornamental tree. A variety of uses make eucalyptus a popular tree, including providing firewood, distilling its oil for aromatherapy and medical use, providing shade in sunny landscapes. Drying eucalyptus leaves is an easy task.

Step 1

Cut the desired number of eucalyptus spikes from your tree. Make sure to use extra-sharp scissors to cut the thin spikes covered in leaves.

Step 2

Gather the spikes and line them up so that the stem ends match up evenly.

Step 3

Wrap and tie a 12-inch length of twine around the ends of the stems to keep the spikes bound together.

Step 4

Tie the other end of the twine to a tree branch, clothesline or a hook on your front or back porch.

Step 5

Allow the eucalyptus spikes to hang-dry for approximately two weeks. The eucalyptus leaves will darken slightly but stay intact and retain the camphorous scent of the eucalyptus tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Eucalyptus spikes
  • Roll of twine
  • Sharp scissors


  • Purdue University: Eucalyptus
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