E.rossii.JPG (54218 bytes)Eucalyptus rossii: is known as a Scribbly Gum or White Gum. The former common name is applied to a number of smooth-barked Eucalypts that have marks on the trunk caused by the burrowing activities of the larvae of a small moth (Ogmograptis scribula).
Eucalyptus rossii has a solitary trunk that is usually straight but sometimes crooked. The bark is white or grey and often marked with scribbles. The leaves are lanceolate and between 8 to 17 centimetres long and less than one centimetre wide.
The white flowers are carried in clusters of from 5 to 12 and appear between December and February. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers. The capsules or gum nuts are hemispherical and less than one centimetre in diameter.
Eucalyptus rossii is a native of New South Wales and is found on the tablelands and western slopes as well as the central coast.
The White Gum often grows in pure stands. The tree illustrated is growing in a pure stand in the Warrumbungle National Park . The species gives its name to the dramatic White Gum Lookout just inside the Park entrance. We have also observed pure stands on the Southern Tablelands.
Eucalyptus rossii creates a dramatic landscape feature when growing en masse. The species could be grown in a windbreak or shelterbelt. It could also be grown with Eucalypts that have different bark, such as Ironbarks and Stringybarks, as a landscape feature.
We are sorry that the specimen illustrated is free of scribbles. The Scribbly Moth has not yet visited these Warrumbungle White Gums.
Propagate from seed.