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.
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.
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.