Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus albens (White Box)

Eucalyptus albens photo
white box (Eucalyptus albens) - roadside of Babbinboon Rd sth of Somerton, NSW (flwrs)

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Eucalyptus albens photo
Eucalyptus albens (white box) with forest in the background at Swifts Creek in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

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Eucalyptus albens photo
Eucalyptus albens (white box), roadside of Rushes Creek Rd, near turnoff for Keepit Dam Rd -Lake Keepit, NSW (habit)

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Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus albens. 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 albens in Australia

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

Common Name
White Box

Tree to 25 m. Bark rough, fibrous, light grey or somewhat bleached on trunk, then smooth and white above. Juvenile leaves ovate to suborbicular, sometimes cordate, 9-15 cm long, 6-11.5 cm wide, grey-green to blue-green. Adult leaves broadly lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate; lamina 10-16 cm long, 1.7-3 cm wide, glaucous or grey-green; lateral veins prominent, at 20° -30° ; intramarginal vein up to 2 mm from margin; petiole terete to slightly flattened, 15-22 mm long. Peduncle quadrangular, glaucous, 10-15 mm long; pedicels absent or 1-5 mm long. Buds cylindrical, glaucous; operculum conical, 4-8 mm long, 4-7 mm wide; hypanthium cylindrical, 4-8 mm long, 4-7 mm wide. Fruits cylindrical to suburceolate, glaucous, often ribbed, 6-15 mm long, 5-10 mm wide.

Grows on gentle slopes, plains and valleys in a wide range of soils in woodland.

Occurs widely in eastern N.S.W. and Vic., extending to south-eastern Qld and with outliers in the Flinders Ra. and near Melrose, S.A.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 15 - 25
Spread (m): 10 - 15
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: summer, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:White Box

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