Non native flora can be good. No need to dance around the name calling them “Blue Gum” or what ever. Always green and fragrant.
It used to be that planting nonnative plants or trees in Pacific Grove — and elsewhere in California — was considered an environmental taboo.
But there’s a new respect in Pacific Grove for eucalyptus, a towering nonnative tree that often gets a bad rap in the state for shedding bark, competing with native plants and not supporting native animal species.
In Pacific Grove, however, the monarch butterflies that overwinter in the city every
year are the eucalyptus’ biggest fan. For the last century or so, the insects have preferred clustering in eucalyptus beginning in the fall until late February, when they leave. The dense, nonnative trees provide wind shelter for the insect.