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Brown Barrel

Eucalyptus fastigata
Brown Barrel
Very Common

This medium to large (20-60 m) tree likes cool, moist areas and is found around Robertson, sometimes in rainforest patches but more often nearby or growing in between rainforest areas. A local common name for this tree is White-top Messmate.

The rough, brown, fibrous bark is always present on the trunk and up to the bases of the large branches. On the rest of the tree, however, it is shed in long ribbons each year, revealing smooth, white branches, while the strands of bark stay hanging from the tree.

The leaves, up to 15 cm long, are alternate, sometimes curved and have a pointed tip. At the base of the leaf, one side extends farther down the leaf stalk than the other.

The flower clusters are made up of 7-15 white flowers and one thing that distinguishes this species from many other eucalypts is that the clusters occur in pairs in the forks of the leaves, not singly. The "gum nuts" are only small, not more than 8 mm long, and are pear or cone-shaped.

Brown Barrel can be propagated from seed, which germinates easily in 1-3 weeks. It is a fast-growing tree, which can be used for woodlots and to shelter later rainforest plantings.

Distribution: Northeastern Vic to Northern NSW.