E.michaeliana.JPG (35964 bytes)Eucalyptus michaeliana: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Hillgrove Gum.
Eucalyptus michaeliana is a medium to tall tree with a solitary trunk. The bark is deciduous, smooth with white to grey blotches. Bark is shed in plates or flakes.
Leaves are 15 to 20 centimetres long by 2 to 3 centimetres wide, lanceolate, leathery, dark green on both surfaces with a prominent mid-vein.
Buds are carried in clusters of from 3 to 7 and these are in groups of from 3 to 5. Flowers are white and 1.5 centimetres across. Flowering is said to occur between August and November. The specimen photographed, at Yallaroo, was flowering in early February.
Flowers are an eye-catching feature because they are carried in unusually large clusters. Blooms attract many insects.
It is said that there are forms with purple and scarlet flowers.
The Hillgrove Gum is an attractive tree and could be cultivated as a “stand-alone” specimen or incorporated in shelterbelts or windbreaks. The species is probably too large for suburban gardens.
Eucalyptus michaeliana is considered to be an endangered species with three separate populations. One is situated near Wyong, north of Sydney; another is east of Armidale in northern New South Wales with another in south-eastern Queensland.
The population, east of Armidale, is near the township of Hillgrove, hence the common name.
Cultivated specimens often have foliage almost to ground level.
Propagate from seed.