Eucalyptus delegatensis

Alpine Ash, Woollybutt

Tall tree with an open crown. Thick fibrous bark on lower half of trunk, smooth bark above, often with 'scribbles' from insect tracks.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size25-60 m high
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesBroad weeping waxy juvenile leaves, curved and asymmetrical to 25 cm x 10 cm. Adult leaves shiny green, curved & asymmetrical 10-18 cm x 1.5-3 cm
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersClusters of 7-15 club-shaped buds. Barrel-shaped fruit with 4 valves below rim.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOccurs in higher altitudes between 900-1500 m in high rainfall areas. Cold, moist well drained soils on rocky slopes and deep loams in valleys. Frost and light snow tolerant. Full sun.
  • Garden useRestricted through size and distribution to large gardens and broadscale planting. Honey production. Trees predominantly with 1+m diameters used as habitat trees for the rare Leadbeaters Possum.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Eucalypts provided food, medicines, containers, string and tools.
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

Plant Communities

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