E.pruinosa.JPG (33564 bytes)Eucalyptus pruinosa: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Silver Box or Kullingal. Eucalyptus pruinosa is a small straggly tree with a solitary trunk. The bark is rough and light brown to grey. Mature leaves are oblong to ovate with a grey-green bloom. The flowers are about 1.5 centimetres in diameter, bright yellow and appear from October to February. Plants may flower when only two or three years old.

Eucalyptus pruinosa is widespread over much of northern Australia. Some trees may become deciduous during the dry season.

The species is said to be tolerant of light to medium frosts. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers. Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.

The species name refers to the waxy bloom of the foliage.

Propagate from seeds.

The photograph is of a specimen that we saw on a tour of Queensland in July 2004. Eucalyptus pruinosa was one of the dominant species observed on this trip.

 

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