Eucalyptus stellulata (Black Sallee) is a small tree, growing up to 15 meters tall, and up to 60cm diameter at ground level. Typically poorly formed, branching at around half of its height and forming a dense crown.
Occurs on tablelands, high country and subalpine regions in New South Wales, and in eastern Victoria, where it occurs at low altitudes.
Names: Botanical – Latin stellulatus (star shaped), referring to the bud clusters. Common – from the basal bark colour and the popular name ‘sallee’, which is applied widely to the true snow gums even though E. stellulata is not related to them.
Bark: Rough at the base, compact, dark grey or black, smooth bark above yellow green to olive green; upper trunk and branches often with partly shed ribbons.
Wood: Pale, non-durable. Limited commercial value; good firewood.
Climate: Altitudinal range: 600-1500m; Hottest/coldest months: 18 to 26°C/-5 to -3°C; frost incidence: high (snowfall common); rainfall: 630-1500mm per year, uniform to summer max.