Australia’s favourite eucalypt

Voting closed on Monday 24 March at 11:40 p.m.

Congratulations to Mountain Ash; regnans in excelsis. E. regnans reigns on high.

Snow Gum E. pauciflora won silver, and it was bronze for Ghost Gum C. aparrerinja. Honourable mentions go to River Red Gum E. camaldulensis an early leader, Lemon-scented Gum C. citriodora and Yellow Box  E. melliodora.


The decisive moment of the vote in Australia’s favourite eucalypt occurred on Twitter about 24 hours before the close of voting. Euan Ritchie went head to head with Sarah Rees; it was Mountain Ash versus Ghost Gum. The sledging culminated in campaigns swinging into gear.SarahReesTweet

Votes for mountain ash and ghost gum, which had been fourth and third behind snow gum and river red gum, began to surge.

By midday on the last day of polling, mountain ash had taken the lead, but ghost gum was in pursuit, moving into second place by mid afternoon. River red gum was blown away by the cyclonic campaigns, but snow gum hung in there, moving back to second within hours of the polls closing.

But not even a last minute Eucalypt High Court ruling from Chief Justice Laura Pollock to amend the ballot could change the course of the election.


FavEucStartSo how did #FavEuc come about? We ran the competition on a whim, after Peter Vesk helped Pia Lentini identify a specimen via Twitter.

From there, a round of nominations preceded the voting, which was open for a week. You can see the full results below.

A massive thank you to everyone who participated in the vote for Australia’s favourite eucalypt. We hope you enjoyed some of the great diversity of Australia’s eucalypts. One of my biggest thrills was chatting about eucalypt taxonomy, complete with scientific names of species and plant families, with Australia’s Communications Minister.


The nominations received prior to the poll officially opening:

A. costata
C. aparrerinja
C. citriodora
C. maculata
E. blakelyi
E. cadens
E. caesia
E. camaldulensis
E. cladocalyx
E. coolabah
E. cordata
E. dalrympleana
E. deanei
E. deglupta
E. delegatensis
E. diversicolor
E. diversifolia
E. ewartiana
E. globulus
E. gongylocarpa
E. haemastoma
E. kitsoniana
E. largiflorens
E. leucoxylon
E. macrocarpa
E. marginata
E. melliodora
E. microcarpa
E. niphophila
(might get lumped with E. pauciflora)
E. ocrophloia
E. olida
E. pauciflora
E. perriniana
E. phoenicea
E. polyanthemos
E. pulchella
E. regnans
E. rubida
E. salmonophloia
E. salubris
E. sclerophylla
(might get lumped with E. haemastoma)
E. sheathiana
E. similis
E. socialis
E. stellulata
E. strzeleckii
E. tenuiramis
E. tetraptera
E. tricarpa
E. vernicosa
E. verrucata
E. viminalis
E. viridis

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55 Responses to Australia’s favourite eucalypt

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  2. T Smith says:

    No E. smithii?

    • Sorry. Nominations were open for a few days. It missed out on being put on the ballot. I’ve even tried to add a species, but is seems PollDaddy might not allow additions once voting starts??

  3. Peter Druery says:

    Where is Eucalyptus Scoparia?

  4. john turner says:

    The list of eucalypts must be incomplete, perhaps for reasons that I haven’t noticed. I recall a Euc. Dives (little Honey), also Euc . Lehmannii, perhaps your list is one of short listed favourites.

  5. justinjonson says:

    While I am all for celebrating Eucalypts, picking only one that reigns supreme!?! Hmmmm. Well, I do have some local favorites… Eucalyptus platypus, Eucalyptus pleurocarpha… simply amazing speices…. but I guess that’s what others have said about their local favourite species. However, there are more ‘common’ species, like Euc. camaldulensis… most widely distributed tree in Australia, which are well known. My vote had to go to Euc. citriodora…. lemon scented gum…. that has got to be the best representative Eucalypt in Australia. Magnificent!

  6. helen kilsby says:

    Eucalyptus erythrocorys is my favourite, with its bright yellow flowers and red caps.

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  8. I voted for E. microcarpa as it’s our local icon species. If you live in the Adelaide hills or foothills, you should too! There’s even a special day devoted to this species; and it has its own web site too:
    Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary leader of the Greens SA, Parliament House, Adelaide

  9. thomasfairman says:

    I wouldn’t vote for it – but NO OBLIQUA? The “first” eucalypt named and published!

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  11. One surprise omission from the list of nominations is E. saligna – Sydney blue gum. A fine tree.

  12. Linda Villy says:

    Eucalyptus_camaldulensis is my favourite. Lining western riverbanks giving a shady sitting place where I spend time contemplating the meaning of life. They are homes and marvellous perching places for so many birds I find myself in very good company.

  13. Anthony Fernando says:

    Got married under a magnificent specimen of E. Camaldulensis so it’s a perennial favourite, but for scent you can’t go past the freakish E. Olida.

    • Anthony Fernando says:

      Oops, sorry for the capital letters for species. You can tell I’m a mathematician, not a biologist!

  14. Pia Lentini says:

    Ian Rojo, via Facebook has voted for E. citriodora. He didn’t specify why, but I’ll guess on his behalf that it’s the scent of the leaves, and the beautiful smooth bark that wrinkles under the branches so they look like armpits.

  15. David says:

    I’d like to build a campaign in support of E. cadens (Warby Swamp Gum), the star of my honours project in ’96-’97. If anyone wants to co-author a morphometric analysis of its position amongst the swamp gums and comparative water logging tolerance in seedling phase, please step this way (b.y.o dust mask)

  16. E. cladocalyx. Crazy well defended and has really amazing foliage which differs from other Eucs. And so many tragic stories of massive stock loss and even some captive native mammals too.

  17. Chris Hallam: My #FavEuc has to be Eucalyptus perriniana- Spinning Gum – so weird, so unique

  18. Peter Vesk: Angophora costata after rain in summer bright orange trunks! #FavEuc

  19. kevinbonham says:

    Severe Tasmanian bias here but 1. vernicosa. The smallest and the cutest! 2. perinniana, for the rattle of detached leaves around the stems. (in the distant past I grew both of these and a couple of other favourites, cordata and pulchella.)

  20. Jason Hamer: My top 3 favourite Eucalypts! #FavEuc Eucalyptus sheathiana, Eucalyptus salubris, Eucalyptus caesia.

  21. Carol Probets: One more #FavEuc from me! In frost hollows of the high country you’ll find the sensuously colourful bark of E. stellulata – Black Sally!

  22. Jo: How is it even possible to choose a #FavEuc when there are soooo many beautiful ones? Twist my arm: it’s E. sclerophylla, for this scribbler

  23. Amy Davis: #FavEuc the flooded Gum – Eucalyptus grandis, especially when viewed at night, illuminated by car headlights on north coast mountain roads.

  24. AngryWagtails: Hard to pick #FavEuc in WA – too many & I don’t pick favs ;) Eucalyptus ewartiana with attractive minni-ritchi bark

  25. AngryWagtails Gimlet woodlands are quite salubrious #FavEuc #wheatbelt #greatwesternwoodlands #goldfields

  26. AngryWagtails: Another Western Australian #faveuc #karri E. diversicolor

  27. Stefano Canessa: Ghost gum (here at dawn in Kings Canyon, NT probably my #FavEuc @qaecology

  28. Peter Neish: My #FavEuc would probably be Eucalyptus viminalis or E. globulus #hard2choose

  29. Carol Probets: My fave eucalypt? Yapunyah! E. ocrophloia of the Paroo floodplain. A tree of character & birds love it too. #FavEuc

  30. Ken Eastwood: So many #FavEuc trees to choose from:ghost gums, mountain ash, youngiana, but I think my fav is the blue gum, E. deanei. Tall,straight,beaut

  31. Carol Probets: Noticed a few #FavEuc nominations for Snow Gum E. pauciflora but what about E. niphophila, the iconic alpine form now a distinct species?

  32. Mark Hamann: E.diversifolia – reminds me of a childhood spent exploring the coast. #faveuc

  33. Andrew Bengsen: E. similis for me. So many qualities admirable in a person (esp. unique, but not flashy). And reminds me of home

  34. David Watson: E. phoenicea-fruit shaped like Phoenician urn, bright orange flowers, crazy patterned bark endemic to Top end escarpments #faveuc

  35. Michael Whitehead: Angophora costata. Hometown nostalgia plus those crazy curves. Living sculptures.

  36. Tim Barlow: but geez, an old black box [Ed: E. largiflorens?] is a close #faveuc

  37. Hugh Possingham: E. leucoxylon has everything, lots of nectar for birds and bees, smooth white bark, many subspecies #faveuc

  38. Angophora costata. Lazy, crazy curves in every bough. The appealing salmon and grey bark has a slight sheen and is smooth and cool to the touch.

  39. Dale Nimmo: Okay, my #FavEuc is the idealistic E. socialis

  40. The Scrogster: #FavEuc Eucalyptus polyanthemus love the bluish green leaves.

  41. Kelly Hunt de Bie: I do love the silver subtlety of E. caesia #FavEuc

  42. Anne Brophy: Eucalyptus perriniana is the #FavEuc because it is ‘the spinning gum’ David MacKay(artist)

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  44. Steve Read says:

    Hi all

    Eucalyptus tenuiramis. Although known best to Tasmanians – E. tenuiramis is a Tasmanian endemic peppermint – imagine glistening white trunks on a rocky hillside, in the side-light of dawn or dusk, and dramatically pale blue foliage. Stands of E. tenuiramis are even more beautiful than stands of the related E. pulchella.



    Steve Read (Dr)

    Biologist and Forest Scientist

    0408 170915


  45. And from Euan Ritchie: salmonophloia, similis, aparrerinja or caesia

  46. From Ian Smith via Twitter: Corymbia citriodora, gotta love the post rain scent and bark. Ghost gum close second.

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