Eucalyptus tereticornis Myrtaceae

Forest Red Gum, Blue Gum

Eucalyptus tereticornis

Form and Size: A large tree, usually 20-30m high, but to 50m in tall forest areas

Distribution: Eastern Qld., N.S.W. and eastern Vic; in open forests and on alluvial plains

Adult Leaves: Lance-shaped, long drawn-out point, thick, shiny, green, lateral veins at 40°-50°, 10-20cm x 1-2.7cm

Bark: Smooth, white, grey or grey-blue, deciduous in large flakes or sheets, often rough and flaky at the base

Buds: Conical; base hemispherical, 2-3mm long, 4-6mm wide; cap elongated conical, 8-13mm long, 4-6mm wide

Flowers: White, occasionally pink, about 1.5cm diameter; borne in clusters of 5-12

Flowering Period: June to November

Fruit:  Capsules, 5-7mm long, 4-8cm wide; valves strongly exserted

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed. An important nectar and pollen producer and the leaves are relished by koalas. The timber is heavy and durable and is used for construction and posts.

Eucalyptus tereticornis