The name Bimble Box because of the shape

The
binomial name of Bimble Box is E. Populnea (The expansion of E is Eucalyptus). This
is an Australian endemic endemic tree and its other common name is Popular Box.
It is abundant in regions such as central South Wales, central and central
Queensland, and Rockhampton. The tree reaches up to 25 meters. Popular Box is
extensively grown in open forest communities of arid and semi-arid regions. The
tree gets the name Bimble Box because of the shape of the leaves. Rounded,
glossy dark green leaves make this species very special.

 

Bimble
Box has larger branches and its bark is persistent on its trunk. Grey with
whitish patches and fibrous-flaky (box) are the other peculiarities of this
wood. The flowering period of this tree is during February –March.

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Botanist,
Ferdinand von Mueller described this species at the first time in 1858. Latin
adjective of this tree is populnea. The other common names of bimble box are shiny
leaf box, nankeen gum, white box, red box, bimbil box, rounded leaf box, and
bimbil. In 1990, Kenneth Hill and Lawrie Johnson described and named it as the
subspecies E. populnea and the subspecies is bimbil.

 

Hybrids
varieties of this species are recorded from Queensland. The hybrids varieties
such as E. populnea and E. coolibah are recorded within New South Wales. The
species is abundantly grown on the New South Wales western plains, north from Narrandera
and Pooncarie.

 

The
most suitable habitat for Popular Box is red soils with a sandy loam texture and
clay loam. Thus, they are found in areas that are sandier and reliably watered.
The same soil condition and climate is suitable for gum coolibah, white cypress
pine, and grey box. Therefore, bimble box grows in the same areas. It is not so
common on sandplains with deep loamy soils. Though not common, it is grown with
Ironwood (Acacia excels) and mulga (Acacia Aneura).   

 

Good
quality honey is produced by the flowers of Bimble box trees. Though the supply
is very limited, it is very dense and has pale amber color. The timber of
bimble box is very hard and durable. It is extremely useful for construction
work and fence posts. But, working with bimble box timber is not so easy. It is
susceptible to the attack of white ants.

 

The
family of Bimble Box is Myrtaceae and its Genus is Eucalyptus. It has a wavy
figure grain and the texture is fine. The timber is not resistant to termite.
The life expectancy of this tree is over 25 years. Apart from engineering and
construction, the wood is used for making musical instruments. Generally
speaking, the growth rings are absent in this timber, but it is visible in some
specimens.   

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