gungurru Myrtaceae Eucalyptus
|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
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson