gungurru Myrtaceae Eucalyptus
caesia Benth. symbol: EUCA18
Leaf: Alternate (may be opposite on young branches), simple, evergreen, leathery, lanceolate and long-pointed, approximately 5 inches long by 1 inch wide, often curved, juveniles glossy green, adults blue-green above and below.
Flower: In groups of three, unopened cups up to 1 1/2 inches long, pink to bright red when open, measuring 3 inches across, very showy.
Fruit: In groups of 3, cup-shaped or bell-shaped, with very thick walls, approximately 1 1/2 by 1/2 inches.
Twig: Slender and red with a white bloom, smooth.
Bark: Very attractive, reddish brown, peeling/exfoliating in curling strips to reveal green inner bark.
Form: A small tree that usually has multiple trunks arising from a single lignotuber, with an irregular crown. Subsp. magna has drooping branches.
Looks like: blue gum - shining gum - red ironbark - lemon-flowered gum
Additional Range Information: Eucalyptus caesia is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson