This tall straight tree is great for timber, shelter and firewood. The bark is smooth and powdery, blue/grey to white in colour, with a skirt of rough brown bark around the bottom. The glossy long green leaves are joined by white flowers from mid autumn to late winter from, followed by small cone-shaped gumnuts. The common name 'Rose Gum' is due to the the timber which has a pinkish tinge and is used in joinery, flooring, boat building, panelling and plywood. It has a straight grain, and moderate durability and strength.