lemon-flowered gum Myrtaceae Eucalyptus
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, aromatic, blue-green above and below.
Flower: Round, 2 inches across, bright yellow, no petals, making it look like a round bottle brush, appearing in tight clusters in early spring, even very young plants producing heavy flowering.
Fruit: An urn-shaped capsule 3/8 inch long, in clusters.
Twig: Slender and red with a white bloom, smooth.
Bark: Smooth when young, eventually shredding in thin ribbons, white to very pale pink or green.
Form: A small tree or large shrub with a broad crown and drooping foliage.
Looks like: river red gum