Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus shirleyi (Silver-leaved Ironbark)

Eucalyptus shirleyi photo
Eucalyptus shirleyi

Photograph by Garry Reed of Pelican Ck.. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

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


distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus shirleyi in Australia

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

Common Name
Silver-leaved Ironbark

Other Names
Shirley’s Silver-leaved Ironbark

The Silver-leaved Ironbark is a tree to 15 m. Bark rough throughout, dark grey to black, deeply fissured. Juvenile leaves opposite, ovate to orbicular, cordate to amplexicaul, glaucous, concolorous or slightly discolorous. Foliage on adult trees usually intermediate leaves, opposite, orbicular to broadly lanceolate, cordate or amplexicaul; lamina 5-9 cm long, 2.5-8 cm wide, glaucous; lateral veins just visible, at 45° -65° ; intramarginal vein up to 3 mm from margin; petiole absent. Conflorescence terminal and axillary, paniculate; umbels 7-flowered; peduncles flattened, 10-20 mm long; pedicels 4-8 mm long. Buds ovoid to fusiform, glaucous; operculum conical, 3-4 mm long, 5-6 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 4-6 mm long, 5-6 mm wide. Fruits ovoid to subcylindrical, usually ribbed, 7-12 mm long, 6-10 mm wide, glaucous; disc broad, steeply descending; valves 4, included.

Grows in a wide range of soils on slopes, ridges and flats in woodland and dry sclerophyll forest.

Occurs from Stannary Hills S to near Pentland, Qld.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 7m - 12m
Spread: 3m - 6m

Common Name:Silver-leaved Ironbark

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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
  Eucalyptus accedens
  Eucalyptus acies
  Eucalyptus albens
  Eucalyptus bancroftii
  Eucalyptus baxteri
  Eucalyptus caleyi
  Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  Eucalyptus camphora
  Eucalyptus cloeziana
  Eucalyptus crebra
  Eucalyptus crenulata
  Eucalyptus curtisii
  Eucalyptus dealbata
  Eucalyptus dumosa
  Eucalyptus eugenioides
  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
  Eucalyptus intertexta
  Eucalyptus largiflorens
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