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Eucalyptus obliqua

Messmate

Tall upright tree with a dense canopy. Fibrous stringy bark to smaller branches.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size20-90 m x 10-35 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesBroad, egg-shaped, glossy green asymmetric juvenile leaves, pendant, 10-13 cm x 3-4 cm. Intermediate leaves very large to 20 cm. Adult - broad lance-shaped to 13 cm x 3.5 cm. Leaf curved, much wider above the midvein.
  • Flower colourWhite to cream
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersClusters of 7-15 club-shaped buds on stalks, no scar. Flowers profuse. Fruit wine-glass shaped with sunken valves.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils of foothills and mountains. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun semi shade.
  • Garden useTrees medium sized on the lower foothills, taller in the moister mountains. Larger trees are too big for small gardens. Provide good shade. Honey production. Koala food plant.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Bark - tinder for fire starters, string for bags & nets
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 31 Candlebark Grassy Forest (EVC 128)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
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