E.pilularis.JPG (51004 bytes)Eucalyptus pilularis: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as Blackbutt.
Eucalyptus pilularis is a tall tree that may reach a height of 50 metres. Bark is persistent at the base of the trunk. The bark, on the upper trunk and branches is smooth. The lanceolate leaves are dark glossy green above and paler beneath.
The buds are carried in clusters of from 7 to 15. They are shiny and may have 2 ribs. White flowers are about 1.5 centimetres across and appear between September and March. The capsules, or gum nuts, are almost spherical. Seeds are shed annually.
Eucalyptus pilularis occurs in a narrow coastal band from south-eastern Queensland to southern New South Wales. Blackbutt usually grows in sclerophyll forests.
Eucalyptus pilularis is one of the most important timber trees of eastern Australia. The wood is used in house construction and for other purposes. The leaves are eaten by koalas.
Blackbutt is fast growing and tolerant of light to medium frosts. The species could be used in windbreaks or in dense plantings for stock yards and shelter.
Eucalyptus pilularis has been planted in many overseas countries.
The photograph was taken in Bongil Bongil National Park. The flowering branch was lying on the ground and was probably chewed off by parrots.
Propagate from seed.