red ironbark Myrtaceae Eucalyptus sideroxylon
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.