Ironbark

Ironbark trunk detail
The distinctive trunk of Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) growing in Milarri Garden
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Yerrip (Dja Dja Wurrung)

Botanical name: Eucalyptus sideroxylon, Eucalyptus tricarpa
Family: Myrtaceae

Uses

The timber is used for the manufacture of weapons and tools, while the flowers are soaked in water to make a sweet drink.

Distribution

Ironbark is a general name for a number of species of eucalypt that all have dark, deeply-furrowed bark. They grow in the sclerophyll forest and box ironbark woodland of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Cultivation

Ironbarks can grow 10–30 m tall and 10–20 m wide. Once established, these large, upright, spreading trees can withstand dry conditions. They prefer well-drained soils.