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Botanical Name:Eucalyptus obliqua
Common Name:brown top , brown top stringbark , messmate , messmate stringybark , stringybark , tasmanian oak
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20-70 m x 10-35 m
Foliage:Broad, egg-shaped, glossy green asymmetric juvenile leaves, pendant, 10-13 cm x 3-4 cm. Intermediate leaves very large to 20 cm. Adult - broad lance-shaped to 13 cm x 3.5 cm. Leaf curved, much wider above the midvein.
Flowers:Clusters of 7-15 White-cream club-shaped buds on stalks, no scar. Flowers profuse. Fruit wine-glass shaped with sunken valves. December-March

Tall upright tree with a dense canopy. Fibrous stringy bark to smaller branches. Birds like the food and habitat. Food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies. Frost and snow tolerant.

Trees medium sized on the lower foothills, taller in the moister mountains. Larger trees are too big for small gardens. Provide good shade. Honey production. Koala food plant.

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

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