Medium to tall tree (rarely in HSC) to 25m (grows to 45m outside HSC); height is correlated to soil fertility and exposure. Bark is heavy and
tessellated/scaly in appearance, dark in colour if subjected to bushfires otherwise light brown often with obvious wounds exuding heavy thick
resinous red sap (kino), only outer smaller limbs are smooth barked.
Leaves are thick dark green in colour and discolorous, lanceolate 10–16 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, often held on the ends of branches in thick heads.
Flowers are generally produced in heavy events in late summer through early autumn. They are white or creamy in colour on terminal branchlets.
Fruit is a distinctive urn shaped capsule.
Over 100 years.
Horticultural Merit and uses:
A fast growing tree suitable for use as a street tree and park planting.
Tolerates a wide variety of soils provided adequate moisture is available in the establishment period. Flowers are quite ornamental and showy
since they are produced on the outside of the canopy