Medium tree (35m), with a straight trunk, well-rounded crown and lignotubers. Deeply fissured, rough grey or grey-red bark, often cinnamon-red underneath.
Juvenile leaves are blue-grey, short or no stalk, oval with roughened surface. Mature leaves are glossy or dull green, with side veins at acute angle to mid-rib, 4 –7.5 cm long, pointed or curved with many ‘island’ oil glands.
Buds with a very pointed cover in clusters of 7,9,11. Flowers are white November–February. Fruit is circular‑globular, 3–4 valves prominent.
Distribution: central Victoria to lower ranges and tablelands of NSW, on dry stony outcrops, often with Scribbly Gum and Brittle Gum. Good stands on Black Mountain and other ACT hills.
Bark used by Indigenous people for fibre. Timber used in construction and fencing, flowers used for honey.