Brittle Gum, Snap Gum, White Gum, Snappy Gum, Broad Leaved Manna Gum, Capertee Brittle Gum, Gum Tree, Manna Gum, Mottled Gum, Mountain Spotted Gum, Red Spotted Gum, White Brittle Gum.
Mannifera, bearing manna (sugary substance exuded from injured stems).
Up to 20m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread in the easterly catchments and higher rainfall areas. Predominantly east of the Hume Highway, and southern areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic.
Open dry sclerophyll woodland. Typically on shallow, rocky, relatively infertile soils.
Tree to 20m high with smooth powdery white, grey or red bark in patches, shedding in short ribbons, plates or flakes. Open crown of dull narrow green to grey-green leaves.
Distinguished from Candlebark (E. rubida) by its juvenile leaves and fruit.
Well-drained soils. Tolerates frost, moderate snowfalls and drought.
Tends to lose branches on still, warm days, which produces many hollows.
White, spring-autumn (mainly Feb-Mar).
From seed (±425 seeds per gram). 250C is optimum germination temperature.
From seed, particularly in absence of competitive exotic grasses or weeds, during wet summers.
Shade and shelter
Useful medium-level cover in wide windbreaks.
Useful to revegetate recharge sites to reduce water entering watertable.
Little value. Pink, soft, brittle timber.
Excellent habitat. Particularly valuable for hollows, important nesting sites for many native birds and mammals, including the Greater Glider and Yellow-bellied Glider. Flowers are a food source for many native insects. Insect-eating birds attracted.
Highly ornamental. Responds well to coppicing to obtain multi-stemmed plants.
Manna (sugary substance) exuded from injured stems was used as sweet_tasting laxative. Leaves produce range of dyes depending on mordants used.