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Eucalyptus radiata ssp. radiata

Narrow-leaf Peppermint

Medium to tall tree with dense canopy and interlacing fibrous bark to the small branches. Often lower branching.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyUpper storey
  • Size10-40 m x 6-20 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 5 m +
  • LeavesPairs of thin, stem clasping juvenile leaves to 7 cm x 1.5 cm. Adult leaves dull green, thin, narrow 7-16 cm x 6-15 mm. Highly aromatic.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersProfuse clusters of 7-20+ very small club-shaped buds. Small cup-shaped fruit.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to drier well drained soils. Widespread in many sites to 1200 m. Light frost and snow. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useHandsome shade tree. Flowering can be massed. Koala food plant.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Eucalypts provided food, medicines, containers, string and tools.
  • Related speciesEucalyptus dives has broader leaves, to 7 cm in juvenile leaves and 3 cm on adult leaves. Buds and fruit are a little larger. They can occur together.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Kelly Hofert ©

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)
  • 03 Narrow-leaf Peppermint Montane damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (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)
  • 15 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket - Middle & Upper Yarra (EVC 59)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 36 Scented Paperbark Riparian Thicket – Central Highlands (EVC 59)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 37 Yarra Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
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