shining gum Myrtaceae Eucalyptus nitens
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, fruity aromatic, bright blue-green above, bluish bloom beneath, young foliage nearly round to elliptical and very blue.
Flower:Round, 1 inches across, with long white stamens, no petals, making it look like a round bottle brush.
Fruit:Dry capsules, 3/4 inch long, somewhat resembling an acorn.
Twig:Slender, blue-green to reddish, obviously square/angular.
Bark:Attractive, initially green, develops peeling loose strips, outer bark rough reddish brown, inner bark smooth creamy white to yellow green, often described as shiny.
Form:A large tree with a straight trunk that can reach 200 feet tall and several feet in diameter.