Scientific Name: Eucalyptus camaldulensis
Common name: River Gum, River Red Gum
HM Queen Elizabeth II planted this tree during an official visit to Western Australia on 27 March 1954, less than a year after her coronation. It was planted near the newly constructed Court of Contemplation and new gardens established for the Royal visit. The Duke of Edinburgh planted a Red Gum at the same time, which was lost in a storm and replaced in 1962. Sadly, that tree also failed, and a further replacement was planted in 2011, grown from seed harvested from the Queen’s tree.
The Queen’s tree was ring-barked in 1980 in an act of vandalism but survived with the help of a bridge graft performed by Kings Park staff. The wound is still visible about one metre from the ground.
The attractive River Red Gum tree is the most widespread eucalypt in Australia, occurring in all mainland states and territories, most commonly along watercourses, growing five to 20 metres tall. Its iconic white/grey bark and colourful blotches on the trunk have featured in many Australian artworks.
View in Kings Park
Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden to see the Queen’s Tree in the State War Memorial precinct (refer to map).
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Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.