Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus tereticornis (Forest Red Gum)

Eucalyptus tereticornis photo
Eucalyptus tereticornis leaves and white flowers

Photograph by John Robert McPherson. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Eucalyptus tereticornis photo
Eucalyptus tereticornis, the Queensland blue gum

Photograph by John Robert McPherson. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus tereticornis. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus tereticornis in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Forest Red Gum

Other Names
Blue Gum, Flooded Gum, Grey Gum, Mountain Gum, Queensland Blue Gum, Red Gum, Bastard Box, Red Ironbark

Tree to 50 m. Bark smooth throughout, white, grey or grey-blue. Juvenile leaves ovate, dull, green to blue-green, slightly discolorous. Adult leaves narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate, thick; lamina 10-20 cm long, 1-2.7 cm wide, shining, green; lateral veins at 40° -50° ; intramarginal vein up to 2 mm from margin; petiole terete or channelled, 13-24 mm long. Umbels 7-11-flowered; peduncle terete or angular, 7-25 mm long; pedicels 3-10 mm long. Buds conical; operculum conical, 8-13 mm long, 4-6 mm wide; hypanthium hemispherical, 2-3 mm long, 4-6 mm wide. Fruits subglobular or ovoid, 5-7 mm long, 4-8 mm wide; disc broad, steeply ascending; valves 4 or 5, strongly exserted. Seeds brown-black.

Grows in open forest and as scattered trees, on alluvial flats..

Occurs widely in eastern Qld, N.S.W. and Vic.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 20 - 30
Spread (m): 10 - 25
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 600
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Forest Red Gum

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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
  Eucalyptus accedens
  Eucalyptus acies
  Eucalyptus albens
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  Eucalyptus baxteri
  Eucalyptus caleyi
  Eucalyptus camaldulensis
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  Eucalyptus crenulata
  Eucalyptus curtisii
  Eucalyptus dealbata
  Eucalyptus dumosa
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  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
  Eucalyptus intertexta
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