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Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Eucalyptus radiata 
Common Name:Narrow-leafed Peppermint  , Black peppermint  , Forth River peppermint  , Grey peppermint  , New South Wales messmate 
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Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
10-30 m x 6-20 m
Foliage:Pairs of thin, stem clasping juvenile leaves to 7 cm x 1.5 cm. Adult leaves dull green, thin, narrow 7-16 cm x 6-15 mm. Highly aromatic.
Flowers:White, October-January. Profuse clusters of 7-20+ very small club-shaped buds. Small cup-shaped fruit.

Medium to tall tree with dense canopy and interlacing fibrous bark to the small branches. Often lower branching.  Some forms have weeping habit.

It makes a handsome shade tree. Flowering can be massed. Koala's eat it.

Butterflies like the nectar and their caterpillars eat the leaves.  Birds like it for food and habitat.

Likes to go in moist to drier well drained soils. Widespread in many sites to 1200 m. Light frost and snow.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 
  3. Yarra Ranges Council 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 

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