|White Mahogany near its southern most limit of distribution, at Eastwood, Australia|
Sometimes referred to as the yellow stringybark in parts of Queensland. However, despite the rough and somewhat stringy bark, this tree is considered by scientists to be in the mahogany group of eucalyptus.
A tree with fibrous, thin, greyish fawn bark, somewhat stringy. Adult leaves are thin, paler on the lower side. In exceptional circumstances it may grow to 60 metres (197 ft) in height, though is mostly seen between 20 to 35 m (66 to 115 ft) tall.
The original specimen was collected by Allan Cunningham from an un-recorded forest in the state of New South Wales, in January 1817. First published by Schauer in Walpers, W.G. (1843), Repertorium Botanices Systematicae 2(5): 924
According to Joseph Maiden, the specific epithet acmenoides refers to Schauer's observation of a supposed similarity with the leaves of the rainforest tree Lilly Pilly, previously known as Acmena smithii. However, any similarity with the two types of leaves appears obscure. (See leaf photo comparison below).
E. acmenoides is part of the white mahogany group as recognised by Ken Hill, others in the group include; Eucalyptus mediocris, Eucalyptus apothalassica, Eucalyptus carnea, Eucalyptus helidonica, Eucalyptus latisinensis, Eucalyptus psammitica and Eucalyptus umbra.
The altitude range of this tree is between sea level and 1000 metres above sea level. The climate is warm humid to tropical; with an annual average rainfall from 1000 mm to 1700 mm.
White mahogany is well regarded for the high quality of timber. The timber has various uses, including heavy engineering, poles, railway sleepers, bridge and wharf construction, framing, decking stumps, fence posts, joists, flooring, plates and weatherboarding.
The sapwood is usually not attacked by the lyctus borer. Heartwood is light, of a pale yellowish brown. The texture is medium and even. Grain structure is uniform, however at times it can be interlocked.
Seedling of Eucalyptus acmenoides displaying cotyledons
Leaves of Acmena (left) and E.acmenoides (right)