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.