Eucalyptus viminalis

Eucalyptus viminalis with Koala

Eucalyptus viminalis

Eucalyptus viminalis with KoalaGenus: Eucalyptus. 

species: viminalis.

Family: MYRTACEAE.

Common Name: Manna Gum, White Gum, Ribbon Gum.

Origin: South Australia, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and southern Queensland tablelands.

Etymology: Eucalyptus: Named in 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L’héritier de Brutelle from Greek eu ‘well’ and kalyptos ‘covered’ referring to the covering on the bud. viminalis: From the Latin word vimen osier or pliant twig referring to the weeping habit of the branchlets.

Description: Extremely variable in size and growth, but can grow 40m +, with a straight trunk to 1.5m diameter and an elongated or spreading crown with drooping branches.  Commonly shorter in dryer conditions.     

Foliage: Alternate, lanceolate with a stalk, prominent midrib and conspicuous veins. Hanging, glossy dark green leaves 9-16cm long and 12-30mm wide.

Bark/Trunk: Smooth and white or cream on the lower trunk, with rough, dark grey bark at the base, peeling higher up in long ribbon during summer

Flowers: White 15-20mm diameter, comprising many stamens spreading from a central disc and covered by a conical to hemispherical, shortly pointed cap in bud. They are grouped in axillary clusters of 3-7 flowers on flattened stalks 4-8mm long. Buds are ovoid, stalkless, 5-10mm long and 3-5mm across. Can flowers at any time of the year but mainly summer.

Fruit: Spherical woody capsules, 4-9mm diameter, with 3-4 protruding valves, often grouped in threes with very short stalks.

Growth Requirements: Prefers deep moist loam soils but will tolerate poor soils drought conditions, full sun to part shade, frost tolerant.

Uses: Shade Shade tree, native garden, coastal gardens, honey production, food tree and habitat for Koalas, possums and birds.

Propagation: From seed, surface sow in February.

Sources of information:

  • Own photography.
  • Wikipedia
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