Eucalyptus nitens

Shining Gum, Silvertop

Very tall straight tree with open canopy. Smooth grey to greenish bark sheds in long strips. Sometimes rough grey bark near the base.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size30-70 m x 10-30 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesBluish elliptic to egg-shaped juvenile leaves to 17 cm x 8 cm. Narrow lance-shaped glossy green adult leaves 13-24 cm x 1.5-2.5 cm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeJanuary to March
  • Flowers7-flowered, stalkless cylindrical buds. Fruit stalkless and cup-shaped.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDeep moist soil at high altitude. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun.
  • Garden useLimited to very large properties in high rainfall areas. Shade and shelter.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions. The Shining Gum Forests are restricted to a few scattered localities.
  • Aboriginal Use Eucalypts provided food, medicines, containers, string and tools.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4, 5 Peter Kinchington ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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