Tallowwood Tree

Tallowwood is a Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus microcorys) native to and common in New South Wales and Queensland.

Mostly grown in forests near the coast on moderate to fertile soils in a protected, sunny position.

Its gum leaves are used for food by koalas.

It flowers most years but does not produce much nectar or pollen for beekeepers. Its white to lemon coloured flowers are usually located at the ends of the branchlets in groups of 7 to 11 buds.

Tallowwood can grow to 40-70m and is distinguished by its rough, stringy or fibrous, red-brown, orange or brown-grey bark throughout.

The Tallowwood name is believed to refer to the greasy (tallow) feel of the wood when cut.