It is a mallee eucalyptus with smooth, grey bark that usually grows to between 2 and 3 m (6 ft 7 in and 9 ft 10 in) in height. The leaves are large, ovate, thick and blunt-tipped. The flowers buds have rounded reddish-coloured caps and thick peduncles. These open to reveal yellow flowers between August and November (late winter to late spring) in the species native range. The fruits are large and bell-shaped.
There are currently two recognised subspecies of Eucalyptus preissiana:
- E. preissiana subsp. lobata Brooker & Slee
- E. preissiana Schauer subsp. preissiana
- "Eucalyptus preissiana". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.
- Holliday, I.; Watton, G. (1980). A Gardener's Guide to Eucalypts. Australia: Rigby. ISBN 0727012576.
- "Eucalyptus preissiana". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
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