Moreton Bay Ash

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Corymbia tessellaris

Family : Myrtaceae

The Moreton Bay Ash is a very large tree typically with a solitary trunk, branching at upper levels with pendulous foliage. The trunk is distinctive with the top part being smooth and white, while the bottom is very rough, dark brown / black and tessellated. Leaves are narrow with pointed tips. They are long and tapered, generally being light to dull green with yellowish veins.

The small, creamy flowers are white and found in large clusters, appearing in the late dry season. Fruit is typical of other Eucalypts. They are cup shaped capsules that house many tiny seeds that look like splinters. This tree can live in a variety of soils and is very hardy.

It is salt tolerant and attracts birds such as Lorikeets and Honeyeaters that feed on the nectar and insects. An excellent tree for large gardens and has been known to withstand harsh weather conditions.


Quick Facts

Flowers November to January
Fruit November to January
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Moths, Insects and Others
Growth Habit Large Tree
Typical Height 15m+
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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