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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Eucalyptus melliodora
Common Name:honey-scented gum , honey box , yellow box , yellow ironbark , yellow ironbox
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Well Drained
10-30 m x 8-25 m
Foliage:Juvenile leaves egg-shaped, grey-green to 11 cm x 5 cm; adult - narrow, dull green to greyish, 6-14 cm x 8-15 mm, densely veined, marginal vein distant from the edge.
Flowers:Club-shaped buds in 7's, no scar on buds; Masses of white to cream perfumed flowers. Fruit hemispherical with disc inside, 4-5 valves. September-March

Open to dense tree with rough, flaky or fibrous yellowish to rough brown bark on much of the trunk, smooth and greyish upper branches. Frost hardy. Attractive tree for large gardens and parklands, providing shade & shelter. Honey production.

Koala food plant. Both food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. iPlants
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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