sugar gum Myrtaceae Eucalyptus cladocalyx
Leaf:Alternate (may be opposite on young branches), simple, evergreen, leathery, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 4 to 8 inches long, often curved and drooping, long pointed, entire margins, aromatic, dull green above, bluish bloom beneath, young foliage more blue.
Flower:Round, 2 inches across, with very long creamy white stamens, no petals, making it look like a round bottle brush, appearing singly in leaf axils in winter and early spring.
Fruit:An urn-shaped capsule 3/8 inch long, in clusters.
Twig:Slender, yellow green to reddish, smooth.
Bark:Attractive, peels in long loose strips, often piling up at base; outer bark rough reddish brown, inner bark smooth creamy white to yellow green.
Form:A large tree with a straight trunk that can reach 200 feet tall and several feet in diameter.