Eucalyptus saligna Sm.

Sydney Blue Gum

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 285 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tree to 50 m tall; smooth, grey or white, with a stocking of rough grey to grey-brown bark. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for a few pairs then alternate, lanceolate to ovate or oblong, to 12 cm long, 4 cm wide, green or dark green, discolourous; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate to falcate, 9–19 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, discolorous, glossy, green; with regular, wide-angled pinnate side veins; reticulation dense, glands often obscure. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles flattened, to 1.5 cm long, 7–11-flowered; buds sessile or pedicellate, ovoid to cylindrical, to 1 cm long, 0.5 cm diam., scar present; operculum conical or beaked; stamens irregularly inflexed; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, oblong; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit sessile or pedicellate, cylindric to obconical or cup-shaped, to 0.9 cm long, 0.7 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 3 or 4, exserted; seed brown, ovoid or cuboid, pitted, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

*EGL, *GipP, *VVP. Native to the central and northern coast of New South Wales and southern Queensland.  Occasionally escaping cultivation in Victoria.

Similar to E. botryoides but with largely smooth bark and stomates that are restricted to lower leaf surface and midvein on the upper surface (c.f. on both surfaces in E. botryoides). See note under E. botryoides.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-09
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Eucalyptus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eucalyptus saligna in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus saligna in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory