Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus saligna (Sydney Blue Gum)


Eucalyptus saligna photo
Eucalyptus saligna, the Sydney blue gum

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Eucalyptus saligna photo
Buds of the Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Saligna), Lilli Pilli NSW

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Eucalyptus saligna photo
Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Saligna), Lilli Pilli NSW

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Credits:
Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus saligna. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Eucalyptus%20saligna 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.



SYDNEY BLUE GUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus saligna in Australia

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


Common Name
Sydney Blue Gum

Description
Tree to 55 m. Bark smooth, white or blue-grey, with rough, brown-grey, flaky bark at base up to 4 m. Juvenile leaves ovate to broadly lanceolate. Adult leaves lanceolate; lamina 9-17 cm long, 2-3 cm wide; lateral veins visible, at 35° -55° ; intramarginal vein up to 1 mm from margin; petiole 15-25 mm long. Umbels 7-11-flowered; peduncle flattened, 4-18 mm long; pedicels absent or angular, to 3 mm long. Buds fusiform or ovoid; operculum conical, 3-4 mm long and wide; hypanthium hemispherical, cylindrical or campanulate, 2-3 mm long, 3-4 mm wide. Fruits cylindrical, campanulate or subpyriform, 5-8 mm long, 4-7 mm wide; disc narrow, descending; valves 3 or 4, exserted, curved outwards.

Habitat
Grows on tablelands and slopes, in open forest and tall open forest.

Distribution
Occurs in eastern Qld W of Mackay on the Kroombit and Blackdown Tablelands, in the Carnarvon Gorge area and from near Maryborough southwards to about Batemans Bay, N.S.W.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 20 - 40
Spread (m): 10 - 25
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 750
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Eucalyptus
Species:saligna
Common Name:Sydney Blue Gum


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