One of the hardiest gums, tolerating extreme drought and cold conditions. Adult leaves are long and grey-green. A profusion of deep-pink flowers hang from the branches from autumn into winter and are a valuable nectar supply for tuis, bellbirds, and wax-eyes. Tall, erect grower. Evergreen tree that grows at a fast rate to reach 10m (H) x 5m (W) in 10 years.