Small to medium (10–25m) tree, with smooth, white and powdery bark, often rough near the base like a dripping candle, red hues in autumn and often chop-marked.
Juvenile leaves grey green, round (5–6cm), opposite with no stalk. Adult leaves stalked, alternate, to 15cm, grey-green and pointed with obscure oil glands.
3 rounded buds in leaf axils, produce white flowers November-December, followed by rounded fruit, with short or no stem.
Distribution: widespread, usually on poor, shallow soils from tablelands and mountains of eastern NSW to eastern, central and western Victoria; also in Tasmania. Common in the colder parts of the ACT mainly on drier and lower slopes extending to the edge of grassy plains, good examples along Majura Road north of the airport.