Teak  vs. Eucalyptus: The Key Differences

Teak and eucalyptus plants are very different, but they are easily confused with each other. They are both different types of trees, although some species of eucalyptus are shrubs. Both flower and have wonderful uses and long histories.

But what are the full and detailed differences between each? How can you tell them apart? In this story, we will be reviewing the key differences between teak and eucalyptus.

Scientific Classification

Teak: The scientific name is Tectona grandis. This plant belongs to the Lamiaceae family and the Tectona genus. Eucalyptus: The scientific name is Eucalyptus globulus. This plant belongs to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and is a genus.


Teak: It is a tall tree species with luscious leaves. Teak trees grow up to 131 feet tall. The flowers are small and white, rarely growing larger than 1 inch long. Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus trees all look very different, depending on the type, but they usually start from one trunk.


Teak: Teak wood is used to build boats, furniture, frames, and more. Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus wood is used as firewood and as a material for building furniture. The oil is also used for perfumes and fuel.