red ironbark Myrtaceae Eucalyptus
sideroxylon A. Cunn. ex Woolls
|Leaf: Alternate (juvenile foliage may be opposite), simple, evergreen, leathery, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 4-8 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 red to pink (sometimes white) stamens, no petals, making it look like a round bottle brush, clustered in leaf axils in winter and early spring.
Fruit: An urn-shaped capsule 3/8 inch long, in clusters.
Twig: Slender and red with a white bloom, smooth.
Bark: Deeply ridged and furrowed, hard, dark red to black, does not shed.
Form: A medium to large tree to 100 feet, usually slender and may have drooping branches.
Looks like: shining gum
- blue gum
- river red gum
- sugar gum
| Additional Range Information:
Eucalyptus sideroxylon is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting red ironbark.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson