The common name is a reference to the “scribbles” left on the trunk from the feeding larvae of the Scribbly Gum moth (Ogmograptis scribula).
Found in the woodlands on the central NSW east coast on plateaus and ridgetops, found only between Royal National Park just south of Sydney and north to Lake Macquarie. Very common on poor soils derived from Hawkesbury sandstone.
A small to medium sized tree with a relatively open crown of grey/silver coloured foliage in appearance from a distance. This tree often grows with multiple trunks-
The Scribly Gum lives well in excess of 100 years and is commonly used in horticulture and is a useful street tree since it has a low height, is very hardy once established and tolerates a wide range of conditions except heavy shade and excess moisture, also adapted to low nutrient soils.
The Scribly Gum attracts fauna when in flower for its nectar production. Foliage is browsed by Koalas. Very old trees can develop hollow logs which are utilised by a wide range of Australian fauna. Isolated plantings may fail to attract the characteristic Scribbly Gum Moth