shining gum Myrtaceae Eucalyptus
nitens (H. Deane & Maiden) Maiden
|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.
Looks like: blue gum
- red ironbark
- river red gum
- sugar gum
| Additional Range Information:
Eucalyptus nitens 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