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Botanical Name:Eucalyptus viminalis
3 synonyms:   Eucalyptus angustifolia , Eucalyptus gunnii , Eucalyptus viminalis var. rhynchocorys
Common Name:manna gum , ribbon gum , white gum
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Sugary sap can be eaten, and flowers soaked in water make a sweet drink.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun
10-50 m x 8-15 m
Foliage:Leaves hanging, glossy dark green, juvenile leaves paired, stalkless and lance-shaped to 65 mm long, adult narrower, to 20 cm long.
Flowers:White, January-May. Buds egg-shaped on a flattened stalk, in clusters of 3. Fruit round with 3-4 projecting valves.

Excellent shade tree for large gardens and parkland.  Drier soils will produce shorter trees. Frost hardy.  Honey production. Food & habitat resource for birds, koalas and possums.  Food plant for caterpillars  Smooth white bark sheds in ribbons.

Manna refers to the sweet crumbly white gum (a sugary material) exuded from the bark which can be eaten raw and is available in summer. It is a very pleasant, sweet taste and eaten by Indigenous peoples. 

This eucalyptus is the primary diet of koalas and will attract a large range of animals, with a sweet honey, and a good sugar content within its leaves.

  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. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. iNaturalist
  8. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  9. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

Propagation is from seed which germinates readily but cannot be guaranteed to come true to type.

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