Eucalyptus maculata: is known, in some quarters, as Corymbia maculata. The common name is Spotted Gum.
Regardless of the botanical name the Spotted Gum is a beautiful medium to tall tree usually with a solitary trunk. The bark is smooth, cream to dark grey or bluish and has a spotted or blotched appearance.
The leaves are lance-like, dark green and rather shiny on both surfaces with prominent venation.
The flowers are two centimetres in diameter, white, fragrant and carried in clusters of three to five. Flowering occurs between May and September. The gum nuts are large and barrel shaped.
Eucalyptus maculata is widely distributed in a narrow coastal belt that extends from south-east Queensland to southern New South Wales. There is also an isolated population in eastern Victoria.
Spotted Gum timber has many uses. It is hard, very tough and used for construction, fibreboard and plywood. The flowers attract honeyeaters produce good quality pollen for bees. The leaves are eaten by koalas.
Eucalyptus maculata is very ornamental but be warned. This species is too large for suburban gardens. The Spotted Gum could be grown on rural properties or in parks.
Propagate from seed.