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Myrtaceae -- Myrtle family

    George Meskimen and John K. Francis

    Eucalyptus grandis is native to the east coast of  Australia. Its common name is rose gum or flooded gum (a  misnomer). Rose gum is one of the premier forest species in the  Australian States of Queensland and New South Wales where it  grows 43 to 55 m tall (140 to 180 ft) and 122 to 183 cm (48 to 72  in) in diameter (15). Its form is excellent with tall, straight,  clean holes up to two-thirds of the total height. The bark is  thin and deciduous, shedding in strips to expose a smooth surface  marked with flowing patterns of silvery white, slaty gray, terra  cotta, or light green. Occasionally a "stocking" of  light-gray, platelike or fissured bark persists over the basal I  to 2 m (3 to 6 ft) on the trunk.

    Rose gum is one of the most important commercial eucalypts, with  more than one-half million hectares (1.3 million acres) planted  in tropical and subtropical areas on four continents. Massive  planting programs have been carried out in the Republic of South  Africa and Brazil, and there are substantial plantings in Angola,  Argentina, India, Uruguay, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (21). In  southwest Florida rose gum may be an emerging commercial species  for plantations. It has been successfully tested for pulpwood and  fuel; and its wood has potential for poles, pallets, veneer, and  other products. In California, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, rose gum  appears in some species trials and landscaping.

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George Meskimen

Source: Silvics of North America

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