Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Eucalyptus grandis

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney - February & March

Common name flooded gum, rose gum
Scientific name Eucalyptus grandis W. Hill
Family  Myrtaceae

Genus:  Eucalyptus - from the Greek eu, well; calyptos, covered; in reference to the flower-bud which has an operculum or cap.

Species: grandis - large; tall, lofty, big.

Distribution Coastal and near coastal districts, mainly between south-eastern Queensland and central New South Wales. Typically in pure stands.
Native habitat Moist forests and along the margins of streams and rainforests on fertile soils and along valley floors.

Large tree 20-45 m high x 10-25 m wide. Solitary trunk, usually tall and straight, stout; crown elongated or spreading, bark deciduous in long strips, white, grey or greenish, often a short stocking at the base.

Mature leaves 10-15 cm x 2-3 cm, alternate, lanceolate, dark glossy green above, paler beneath, venation conspicuous.

Inflorescence 7-12 flowered axillary umbels on flattened peduncles about 2 cm long.

Flowers about 2 cm across, capsules 0.6-0.8 cm x 0.6 0.7 cm, pear-shaped.

Seeds shed annually.

Flowering/fruiting Flowering April to August

Location in Garden

Growing in the Solander Garden, bed 13, also in Domain lawn 41.
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A very prominent tree in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Possibly planted about 60 years ago but already of majestic proportions.

A very ornamental tree, despite its size, and suitable for large gardens and estates.

A major timber tree used for house construction, plywood and veneers.

Extensively planted overseas for timber production where it is often propagated from cuttings. Normally propagated from seed. Seedlings lack a lignotuber and are fast growing.

This plant is not presently available from the Growing Friends.