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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Eucalyptus ovata 
1 synonym:     Eucalyptus gunnii var. ovata 
Common Name:black gum  , swamp gum 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Infertile, Moist, Poorly Drained
30 m x 20 m
Foliage:Young leaves dull, elliptic to 15 cm x 8.5 cm. Adult - glossy, egg-shaped, wavy edges, to 15 cm x 30-50 mm
Flowers:White-cream clusters of 7 diamond-shaped buds. Fruit funnel-shaped with flat top, 3-4 valves not exserted. March-June
Bark shed in long strips. Fast growing upright tree, often low branching. Canopy open. Bark rough over lower part of trunk or smooth from the base, shedding from upper trunk and branches. Birds use it for food and habitat. Food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies. Frost resistant. Windbreak or light shade tree for swampy areas and creek banks. Koala food plant.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us) 
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos) 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  5. iNaturalist 
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical) 

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