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Yellow Box

Eucalyptus melliodora


This tree had bark that was peeling off and hanging in strands.It had white flowers and Seed pods with a cross on them. The leaves did not seem healthy. They had leaf rot and looks like they were eaten by some insect. Very tall tree. The air was filled with it's lovely fragrance. Eucalyptus melliodora, commonly known as Yellow Box, is a medium sized to occasionally tall eucalypt. The bark is variable ranging from smooth with an irregular, short stocking, to covering most of the trunk, fibrous, dense or loosely held, grey, yellow or red-brown, occasionally very coarse, thick, dark brown to black; shedding from the upper limbs to leave a smooth, white or yellowish surface. Leaves are stalked (with petiole), narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, to 14 x 1.8 cm, concolorous, dull, light green or slate grey. The intermarginal vein (obvious on most eucalypt leaves as the leaf vein that lays close to the leaf margin in a circumferential way) is markedly distant from the leaf margin in this species. This occurs in both adult and juvenile leaves.[1] The tree is widely distributed on the eastern plains and tablelands from western Victoria, New South Wales to south-central Queensland. E. melliodora is considered to be the best native tree for honey production, the honey produced has a delightful golden colour and an excellent taste. The timber is pale brown, dense and heavy (about 1100 kg/m3), resistant to decay and has been used for sleepers, posts, poles and bridges. It is not known as a furniture timber.




The eucalyptus tree was brought on the First Railroads during the California gold rush. the government is planning on removing these tree and replacing with trees like oak. the eucalyptus tree does not support the local wild life here. Unfortunately. It has a lovely fragrance and the trees are so majestic!

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SarahWhitt 12 years ago

Makes me want a hot biscuit with honey, now :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

honey produced by this tree is excellent in taste.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 12 years ago

i agree,the air was filled with it's fragrance Gerardo! Thnx for the ID.
Thnx sachin1

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Hi Emma is a Yellow Box tree, Eucalyptus melliodora
I dont know much about trees, but i have many of this one in my hometown near Mexico city. The seeds smell delicious. Is use for medicinal purposes.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago


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Fresno, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 21, 2012
Submitted on Jan 21, 2012

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