Eucalyptus salmonophloia

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For the town in Western Australia, see Salmon Gums, Western Australia.
Salmon Gum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. salmonophloia
Binomial name
Eucalyptus salmonophloia
F.Muell.
Eucalyptus salmonophloia in Australia

Eucalyptus salmonophloia or the Salmon Gum is an evergreen tree native to Western Australia.

Other names of this species include Wuruk or Woonert.

Habit[edit]

Eucalyptus salmonophloia is able to grow to a height of 30 metres (98 ft)[1] with smooth salmon-coloured bark in the summer months that changes to a white-grey or grey-brown colour in the winter months. The leaves are long, lanceolate and tapered with a glossy grey-green colour and contain fragrant oils.

Eucalyptus salmonophloia flowers in spring between August to December with white to cream blossoms.

The tree exhibits an erect form with branches that spread outward and upward forming an umbrella-shaped crown.[2] This species of Eucalypt is known to have a life span of over 150 years.[3] The roots of the Salmon Gum are shallow and wide spreading; that can affect production of crops that grow nearby as they compete for moisture and nutrients.

Uses[edit]

The timber produced by E. salmonophloia is noted for its durability and is used to make railway sleepers and mining shaft supports. It also makes excellent firewood. It is an excellent species for rehabilitation areas and for areas requiring soil stabilization as it is drought tolerant, frost resistant, fast growing and able to grow in poor soils.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FloraBase - The West Australian Flora - Eucalyptus salmonophloia". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Men Of The Trees Western Australia -". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Greening Australia - Salmon Gum use in farm forestry". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Australian Plants - Eucalyptus salmonophloia". 2005. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 

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