Form and Size: A medium to large tree, 25m high in dry areas, to
60m in moist forest conditions.
Distribution: East coast of Qld. and N.S.W., from the Atherton
Tablelands to Sydney; in open forests.
Adult Leaves: Lance-shaped, sometimes sickle-shaped, long fine
point, thin, green, paler beneath, lateral veins at 35°-55°, stalk flattened or channelled, 8-12.5cm x 1.6-
Bark: Grey-brown, fibrous, stringy, thick.
Buds: Egg-shaped or narrow-oval; base 2-3mm long, 3-4mm wide; cap
conical or with a curved point, 3-4mm long and wide.
Flowers: White, about 0.6cm diameter, borne in clusters of
Flowering Period: October to December.
Fruit: Capsules, hemispherical, thin-walled, 4-7mm long and
wide, valves level or enclosed.
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed. This tree is a
major source of pollen for the bee-keeping industry and the timber is hard, tough and termite-resistant. It has
been used for poles, sleepers and general construction work. Well drained loams are preferred.