Eucalyptus polyanthemos ssp. vestita

Red Box

Dense to spreading, small to medium rough-barked tree, trunk often crooked.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size7-25 m x 5-15 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesRoundish blue-green juvenile leaves retained as adult foliage, 4-5 cm x 3.5-5 cm
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersProfuse 7-flowered bunches of flowers at the ends of branches. Buds bluish and diamond-shaped; fruit barrel-shaped.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsPoor stony soils and dry ridges and slopes. Well drained situations. Full sun, semi shade. Frost hardy.
  • Garden useOrnamental smaller eucalypt for dry areas. Screen, honey production. Foliage is used with cut flowers. Bird habitat.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • 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: 1, 3, 4, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Peter Kinchington ©

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