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Eucalyptus propinqua (MYRTACEAE) Small-fruited Grey Gum


Eucalyptus propinqua
Photo: Robert Whyte

Tall tree to 40m with a straight trunk and smooth grey bark which sheds to reveal beautiful orange new bark.

See ORANGE, think GREY, say PINK (propinqua) - a phrase for remembering the ID.

Native in Wyong in New South Wales northwards into Queensland, commonly along the coastal areas.

Leaves lanceolate, not falcate, acute, basally tapered, glossy, green (dark), thick, discolorous, 8-14 cm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide.

Petioles 10-15 mm long, narrowly flattened or channelled.

Flowers are inflorescences, simple, axillary, 7 to more than 11 flowered, white, or cream.

Koalas eat the leaves and yellow-bellied gliders eat the sap. Flowers used by honeyeaters and lorikeets.


Bark of Grey Gum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Bark smooth throughout, patchy, matte, grey or grey-brown, shedding in large plates or flakes.

In afternoon light

Eucalyptus propinqua
Photo: Robert Whyte

A very attractive wildlife-friendly tree common in bush around Brisbane.