Eucalyptus bridgesiana

But But, Apple Box

Upright medium-sized tree with dense spreading canopy. Tessellated rough grey and white fibrous bark over trunk and larger branches.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size10-25 m x 5-15 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesJuvenile leaves stalkless at first, bluish, round to egg-shaped with scalloped edges, to 10 cm x 8 cm. Glossy lance-shaped adult leaves with dense network of veins, 12-20 cm x 15-25 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeJanuary to March
  • FlowersCluster of 7 shortly stalked, egg-shaped buds, cap conical or beaked. White flowers. Large hemispherical fruit with a raised rim and 3 projecting valves.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsFertile well drained alluvial soils of lowland open forests and woodlands. Tolerates most frosts. Full sun. Locally uncommon.
  • Garden useExcellent shade or windbreak tree. Useful grown as woodlots for firewood. Honey production.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. May be more common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Eucalypts provided food, medicines, containers, string and tools.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 5 Peter Kinchington ©; 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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