Candlebark, Candle Bark, Candle Bark Gum, Candle-bark Gum, Ribbon Gum, White Gum.
Rubida, from Latin rubidus, red, referring to seasonally red bark patches. Common name refers to bark appearance.
Presence in Australia
Widespread in the higher rainfall areas generally east of the Hume Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Moderately fertile, well-drained loams with clay subsoil, in foothills and tablelands. Also mountain slopes and upper river valleys.
Tall tree with straight, largely bark-free trunk, 20-30m high.
Distinguish from Manna Gum (E. viminalis) mainly by juvenile foliage.
Well-drained soil. Resists cold, frost, wind and moderate drought.
Moderate growth rate. Foliage has distinctive aroma.
Throughout year, particularly Feb-May.
From seed (±220 viable seeds per gram). Optimum germination temperature 270C.
From seed, particularly in the absence of competitive exotic grasses or weeds, and during wet summers.
Shade and shelter
Useful medium to high level cover in windbreaks.
Useful, although burns quickly.
Timber tough, moderately hard and strong. Not durable. Density about 760 kg/m3. Occasionally used for fencing and firewood, but generally regarded as second-rate building timber. Potential for joinery, flooring and parquetry.
Excellent habitat. Hollows important nest sites for many native birds and mammals. Rosellas eat capsules and seeds. Koalas occasionally eat foliage. Flowers and nectar are a food source for various native birds, insects and mammals.
Attractive for larger gardens and parks. White trunk, interesting juvenile foliage and pink bark streaks in late summer are features.
Leaves produce yellow dye with mordant alum.