Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. pauciflora

Snow Gum, White Sallee

Medium upright tree with smooth white bark, branchlets waxy. Trees in sub-alpine areas have crooked lower branching trunks.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size5-30 m x 5-20 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesJuvenile leaves weeping, blue-green, egg-shaped to 16 cm x 6 cm; adult leaves thick, broad lance-shaped, parallel side veins, grey to olive green, to 16 cm x 2.5 cm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersClusters of 11-15 club-shaped buds. Fruit cup-shaped, valves level.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained clay soils. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun. Local form occurs more commonly in lowland areas. Small areas of Snow Gum Woodland occur at the highest points within the Shire.
  • Garden useBeautiful shade tree for larger gardens. The lowland form does not develop the colourful bark of the alpine form, which requires the cold for colour development. Honey production.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Both lowland and sub alpine populations known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary. Remnants found in Mooroolbark, Coldstream, Tarrawarra
  • Aboriginal Use Eucalypts provided food, medicines, containers, string and tools.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull © (2 sub alpine form)

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 02 Shining Gum Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
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