Morrisby's gum with smooth, light grey bark and lance-shaped, green leaves

Eucalyptus morrisbyi

Morrisby’s gum

Family: Myrtaceae
IUCN Red List status: Critically Endangered
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is the world’s most comprehensive source of information on the global conservation status of species. In the IUCN Red List this species is placed in the category: Critically Endangered – facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Morrisby’s gum is a highly threatened tree from south-eastern Tasmania.

Restricted to just two locations in the wild, near Cremorne and Risdon, this species is at imminent risk of extinction due to land clearing for agriculture and changes in the frequency of fires.

Tree with smooth, light grey or pink over cream bark, sometimes with loose pieces of rough bark at the base of the trunk. It has round or lance-shaped, greyish-green leaves; white flowers and cylindrical fruit.

Read the scientific profile on Morrisby’s gum

Cultural

Morrisby’s gum is sometimes planted as an ornamental.

  • Eucalypts have evolved over the past 100 million years and are well adapted to dry, fire-prone climates. They can survive wildfires and burning triggers the release of their seeds for regeneration - but their highly flammable bark and oil can fuel devastating forest fires.

Native: Tasmania
Habitat:

Temperate forests

Kew Gardens

A botanic garden in southwest London with the world’s most diverse living plant collection.

Location

Centre block of the Temperate House

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Best time to see
Flowers: Jul, Aug, Sep
Foliage: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Wakehurst

Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex that has over 500 acres of plants from around the world and is home to the Millennium Seed Bank.

Location

Coates Wood

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We have Morrisby’s gum trees growing in Coates Wood at Wakehurst and the Temperate House at Kew Gardens from seeds collected by our partners at the Tasmanian Wild Seed Bank.

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Seeds are stored in our Millennium Seed Bank for long-term conservation of this species. 

We aim to collect and bank more seed in the future from our own collections, and new locations in the wild, to protect as much genetic diversity as possible and increase planting in our gardens.

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