E.stellulata.JPG (41285 bytes)Eucalyptus stellulata: is known as Black Sally or Black Sallee and is a member of the Myrtaceae family.
Eucalyptus stellulata is a small to medium tree with a dense canopy. Usually the trunk is solitary but fire-damaged trees may develop multiple stems.
The bark is rough for a short distance above the ground. Above this, the bark is smooth and a distinctive olive-green colour. The leaves are elliptic to broad-lanceolate and up to eight centimetres in length. The minor leaf veins are almost parallel to the prominent mid-vein. Most Eucalypts have minor veins that are at an acute angle to the mid-vein.
The buds are in clusters of seven or more and star-like in shape. The flowers are white to cream, profuse and appear from autumn to spring. The capsules or gum nuts are small and cup-shaped to globular.
The flowers produce light yields of nectar and pollen.
The timber is used for firewood.
Eucalyptus stellulata is widespread along the Great Dividing Range, above 600 metres, from northern New South Wales to north eastern Victoria .
The specimen illustrated is growing near Sawpit Creek in Kosciuszko National Park . Note the distinctive bark colour.
Eucalyptus stellulata is also common on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales where it survives and thrives in high altitude frosty conditions.
Black Sally is an ornamental tree that could be cultivated as a “stand alone” specimen or included in windbreaks and shelterbelts. The species is probably too large for the average suburban garden but is ideal for rural properties..
Propagate from seed.