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enter image description hereI am looking at identifying a tree for a friend who lives outside of Melbourne. Being from Tennessee in the US, we don't have anything very similar to this at all and it doesn't look like any of the US tropical trees that I know of either. Can anyone help?This is the photo I got of the tree

This is the far away view of the tree

Specific location: It was taken in the laneway behind a property in Glen Iris, Victoria just outside of Melbourne (Australia).

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  • $\begingroup$ Also ask for how it smells. $\endgroup$ – bli Feb 22 '17 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ The first 2 photos posted by Whitney show Syzygium paniculatum, or perhaps S.smithii. Magenta Cherry or Lilliplly. $\endgroup$ – Cat Mackenzie Oct 17 '17 at 0:26
  • $\begingroup$ Cat Mackenzie is right. The leaves are darker, thinner, and more shiny than eucalyptus. The leaves also have two different sides, unlike eucalyptus. Syzygium paniculatum, or S.smithii. I suspect S. smithii. $\endgroup$ – Polypipe Wrangler Jul 5 '20 at 10:31
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Ok, this is more complicated than I first thought. I am pretty sure that we have an eukalyptus tree here. The species is more complicated, but I think it is likely Eucalyptus baueriana or one of its subspecies. To check this further, more detailed images of leaves, blossoms are needed. Check this image (from here):

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  • $\begingroup$ It isn't the right species, the leaves in OP's picture are ovate but that of E. viminalis are lanceolate. $\endgroup$ – Tyto alba Feb 28 '17 at 7:35
  • $\begingroup$ @SanjuktaGhosh You agree now? $\endgroup$ – Chris Feb 28 '17 at 9:58
  • $\begingroup$ I too think it is of that Genus, it is not my subject though. But looking at the leaves of E. baueriana, they are a little too ovate for OP's plant. $\endgroup$ – Tyto alba Feb 28 '17 at 12:04
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is species E.ficifolia. $\endgroup$ – Tyto alba Feb 28 '17 at 12:14
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    $\begingroup$ Some variant of it has white flowers too. $\endgroup$ – Tyto alba Feb 28 '17 at 12:31
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I presume it is Corymbia ficifolia previously called Eucalyptus ficifolia, a white variant of this species which usually bears red flowers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hey @TytoAlba, your answer would be improved by providing further reasoning and support for why you think this is the correct species. You include a similar-looking image, but you don't really back up with any explicit characteristics or discussion for why your answer is correct. Please consider updating. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Jul 6 '20 at 20:44

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