Mountain Grey Gum

Eucalyptus cypellocarpa

The Mountain Grey Gum is the predominant large tree of Drouin and Warragul.

They were known by early settlers as ‘Monkey Gums’ because of the koalas that lived in them. In Drouin and Warragul, they are around 30-35m high and many of the rural roads are lined with them as remnants of the once great forest of which they were part.

Mountain greys generally like to grow on more elevated slopes than Strzelecki Gums.

They have rough fibrous bark on the lower trunk with a smooth trunk above; pale grey with whitish-yellow-cream streaks. They are identified by their long 12-35cm lance shaped leaves with flower buds in groups of seven on flattened stems or peduncles. They have white flowers in autumn (p3 Drouin Tree Walks).

In Drouin there some notable Mountain Grey Giants that are part of the town’s unique landscape. Some can be found in the Drouin Tree Walks book:

The Settlement Giantcorner Settlement Road and Springwater Drpage 20
The Bill Kraft GiantAlbert Roadpage 64
The Victoria Road GiantVictoria Streetpage 39
Jack’s Giant Princes Way Service Roadpage 51
Hearn Park GiantHearn Parkpage 48
Binbeal Road giants Binbeal Roadpage 11
Whitton’s GiantHopetoun Roadpage 70
The Railway Giant Francis Avenuepage 32
The Grandfather TreeCivic Park, Drouinpage 40

Keep a look out for the signs at many of these giants.

Although many Mountain Grey Gums were removed in the early years of settlement, those remaining in the town of Drouin were actively protected and preserved by the Buln Buln Shire.

With rapid urban growth many of these trees are at risk as land is developed for houses, and roads are ‘upgraded’. Loss of these trees in turn means the loss of habitat for many species reliant on trees for hollows, nests or roosting and loss of corridors of trees providing connection for wildlife.