E.prava.JPG (20976 bytes)Eucalyptus prava: is known as the Orange Gum. In days gone by this species was included in the Eucalyptus bancroftii complex. This included populations from the North Coast and Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. The classifiers decided to split these two populations. The Coastal population has remained as Eucalyptus bancroftii whilst the Tablelands population is now Eucalyptus prava. Horticulturally there is little to separate the two species.
Eucalyptus prava develops into a small to medium tree with smooth bark that comes in a range of colours. Patchy grey, grey-brown, orange and red-brown are all colours in the palette of Orange Gum bark colours. In spring the bark is shed in large plates or flakes. This is when the orange colour is most vivid. As the year progresses this colour fades. Large white flowers appear in late spring and summer. Attractive gum nuts follow the flowers.
Eucalyptus prava is one of the seven Eucalypt species that occur naturally at Yallaroo. Our Orange Gums are usually small trees with solitary trunks often rather twisted (see image). There are a couple of specimens that were apparently damaged when young. These plants have developed mallee growth habit with multiple stems. This growth habit may be encouraged by coppicing. This entails cutting of a solitary trunk about 45 cm above the ground when the plant is about two years old or when the specimen is two metres tall.
The bark of the Orange Gum is the most attractive feature of this species. This Eucalypt could be grown as a “stand alone” specimen tree or cultivated in a grove of Eucalypts with different trunk types.
Propagates readily from seed.