Book of Mediterranean Trees, Shrubs and Climbers


Eucalyptus robusta  Swamp Mahogony
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Eucalyptus  [u-kal-IP-tus]  Gr. eu, good or well and calypha, covered in allusion to the calyx which covers the flower like a lid
Species robusta   
Properties tree
Eucalyptus robusta, commonly known as swamp mahogany or swamp messmate, is a tree native to eastern Australia. Growing in swampy or waterlogged soils, it is up to 30 m (100 ft) high with thick spongy reddish brown bark and dark green broad leaves, which help form a dense canopy. The white to cream flowers appear in autumn and winter. The leaves are commonly eaten by insects, and are a food item for the koala. It is an important winter-flowering species in eastern Australia, and has been planted extensively in many countries around the world. Its timber is used for firewood and in general construction.
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