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Mallee to 3 m. Bark white or greyish brown, often powdery, smooth throughout. Juvenile leaves white, waxy, sessile and amplexicaul, decussate, orbicular to cordate; the change from juvenile to adult foliage is abrupt. Adult leaves glossy, dark green, 4–7 × 0.5–1.5 cm, narrowly lanceolate, lateral veins obscure, margins entire, apex acute; petiole terete, 0.7–1.7 cm long. Inflorescences axillary and solitary; umbellasters with seven or nine flowers. Flower buds fusiform; hypanthium hemispherical or obconical, 0.3–0.4 cm wide; stamens white or cream. Capsule hemispherical or obconical, 0.4–0.8 cm diameter; valves three (to four), ± level. Chippendale 1988, Hill 2004. Distribution AUSTRALIA: Western Australia (Tammin to Ravensthorpe). Habitat Heaths on white sand. USDA Hardiness Zone 9(–10). Conservation status Not evaluated.
As a juvenile plant Eucalyptus albida is perhaps the most silvery of all the eucalypts, well deserving its specific epithet. The leaves are very densely placed on the twigs, resulting in a remarkable silvery white bush, which can be maintained by coppicing. It also makes a good container plant. In adulthood the leaves are longer and glossy dark green. Never a large tree, E. albida is probably best regarded in our area as a striking ornamental foliage shrub, although adult specimens are known outside in the United Kingdom. It is very sensitive to excess moisture, and extremely sharp drainage is re com mended. A sheltered site is also desirable, as the new growth is prone to damage from both wind and frost (Gum Group 2007).