Eucalyptus crebra

Family Myrtaceae

Narrow-leaved Ironbark

Tree 10–25 m high with ironbark persistent to small branches.Bark not shed annually. Slow-growing, trees can live more than 100 years, perhaps to 200 years.

Flowers: White, recorded in April and September - November. Probably insect-pollinated.

Fruit: Woody capsule 3–7 mm long, seed shed at maturity or soon after, August–January.

Seeds: Small, wind-dispersed locally i.e. about 20 -30 m. No soil-stored seedbank. Germinate readily without treatment.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Mainly on hillslopes, well-drained sites.
  • Common, dominant in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden. Girths of old trees up to 3.5 m.
  • Saplings probably take 20 - 30 years to reach flowering maturity.
  • Seedling recruitment episodic, requiring open areas, not fire-related.
  • Resprout from epicormic buds after fire.
  • Bark on southern side often habitat for lichens.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Eucalyptus crebra plant

Eucalyptus crebra bark

Eucalyptus crebra flower

Eucalyptus crebra fruit