Eucalyptus cladocalyx F.Muell.

Sugar Gum

Linnaea 25: 388 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree to 35 m tall; bark smooth, shedding in irregular plates, mottled white, yellow to orange, pink, grey and blue-grey. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for a few pairs then alternate, elliptic to orbicular, to 5.6 cm long, 9 cm wide, discolorous, dull, blue-green to green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, 8–17 cm long, 1.2–3.2 cm wide, discolorous, glossy and dark green above, paler below; reticulation dense, with obscure oil glands. Inflorescences borne on leafless sections of branches within the canopy, unbranched; peduncles to 2.2 cm long, 7–11-flowered; buds oblong, to 1.1 cm long, 0.5 cm diam., scar present; operculum short, hemispherical; stamens inflexed; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, oblong; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit pedicellate, urceolate or barrel-shaped, to 1.5 cm long, 1 cm diam., faintly ribbed; disc thin, descending; valves 3 or 4, deeply enclosed; seed light grey to brown, ovoid or compressed-ovoid, sometimes flanged, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Mar .

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Native to south-eastern South Australia; also naturalised in WA. Widely planted throughout southern Australia as shade trees and wind breaks. Often self-establishes among and near plantations as well as grasslands on the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-25
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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 cladocalyx in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus cladocalyx in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory