This beaut old Mahogany Gum, (Eucalyptus botryoides), is growing in our yard, and on hot days like today, provides wonderful shade.
Mahogany Gum, or Southern Mahogany occurs naturally in a very thin coastal strip from northern New South Wales to about here, eastern Victoria. It will grow in a variety of soil types, and is quite happy around here in our clay.
On the lower trunk, the bark is very rough and fibrous. The large leaves are bright green on the top and paler on the underside. The flowers are white and the fruits occur on flattened stems.
The Mahogany Gum produces a strong, heavy and durable timber that has numerous furniture and structural uses. It's not too bad a fuel either.
Our lovely old tree has a water bowl beneath it, and a well used nest box partly up the main trunk.
(There, I got some bird stuff in!)
A great tree, bit messy on the ground, but the twigs and bark that it sheds make wonderful kindling for the fire in winter - roll on.