Blakely’s Red Gum

Eucalyptus blakelyi

Medium sized (25m) tree with smooth white bark shed in large, irregular flakes leaving grey, white and red‑brown patches, though scaly at the base.

Juvenile leaves are blue-green and orb-like, opposite for a few pairs then alternate. Adult leaves are blue green to green, alternate, 6-20cm long, pointed with moderately dense oil glands. 7–15 pointed buds, to 1.9cm long produce white flowers in October–December. Fruit globular on longish stems.

Distribution: from Victoria, mainly north of the Great Dividing Range, to the tablelands of NSW and far south-eastern Queensland. Frequently found on lower slopes and better soils where it is a common paddock tree and planted as a street tree, see particularly Black Mountain Peninsula.

Red Gum has been used for fencing, fuel, gum and honey.

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