Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mahogany Gum

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.


  1. Ah, kindling from fallen gum leaves and twigs. that takes me back to my Canberra days. I lived opposite a huge plantation of Tasmanian Blue Gums and I never had to look far for kindling.
    Nice photo of the leaves. Very tidy looking.
    We don't get that species here - but it probably grows on te coast just below us.

  2. Is the crop of Olympus lens caps plentyful? That is a lovely shade tree for sure.


  3. G'day Denis,
    Nothin' like the smell of a fire starting up with euc kindling, I agree. Funny how smells can evoke such strong memories?

    G'day Dave,
    I have to confess that although the camera is hardly a year old, one lens cap is missing! I keep hoping that one day it will turn up behind the car seat, or under the ... etc.