Tallowwood Gum Tree

The tallowwood tree, Eucalyptus microcorys, is a fast growing gum tree and can grow as tall as 60 metres in height. These gums can be found along the Australian east coast from Newcastle in New South Wales to Maryborough in Queensland. I have a number of these trees on my acreage here in SE Queensland.

One of several tallowwood trees on my property

 

Every eucalypt tree has eucalyptus oil in its leaves which is highly flammable and means they catch fire very easily. Many eucalypts are dependant on fire for regeneration as they have underground tubers, hidden buds under the bark, or seeds that will only germinate after fire.

 

The bark of a tallowwood is a reddish-brown colour revealing orange underneath and is flaky and soft. If you press your fingers on the bark it feels spongy.

 

The white flowers of the tallowwood are enjoyed by bees and nectar eating birds as well as flying foxes and possums. Koalas also eat the leaves of the tallowwood.

Tallowwood flowers on a tree near my house

 

Just about every home in Australia has a bottle of eucalyptus oil in the cupboard, which is not surprising because of its numerous beneficial properties – antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti inflammatory, decongestant, relieves muscle aches and pains, stimulates blood flow for mental activity, and a natural bug repellent.

9 thoughts on “Tallowwood Gum Tree

  1. I’ve enjoyed your tree series. Recently, I just finished reading “The wild trees” by Richard Preston and the last chapter is on the giant Eucalyptus regnans trees in Australia – very interesting!

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  2. Yes Sue, they are a beautiful tree to behold and have lovely yellow very endurable hardwood which my dad used for window sills when he was a joiner, before aluminium windows. On the mid north coast there is a timber mill that still extracts these beautiful trees from the mountain rainforests for outdoor decking. Like you said they are easy to identify by their bark. Have a good weekend. Still in 30s here, big bush fires 🔥 today.

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    1. Yes they are lovely trees, they get really tall, and I did read about them being used for decking. Interesting that your dad used the wood from these trees, it still seems to be a popular choice today. Hope you get a cool change soon and a bit of rain to help with the fires.

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