The Cajeput tree develops into medium to large evergreen tree with a tall and upright form, 25-40 ft. high, 15-25 ft. wide. Pale green leathery leaves are 2-3 in. long and lance-shaped with a pointed tip; noticeable creamy-white flowers occur in large brush-like clusters at the ends of branches from late summer into fall. Attractive bark is white to tan, and develops into thick spongy layers that can be peeled off like paper.
Native to coastal habitats of eastern Australia, the Cajeput tree is adapted to a wide range of soils including silts, clays, loams as well as seasonal flooding. In contrast to its natural environment, this tree is highly popular in Inland Empire landscapes and gardens due to its upright form and distinctive papery bark. It grows fast and performs well in narrow spaces between buildings as well as in lawn situations. It is useful as a street tree or as a multi-trunk specimen in courtyards and residential gardens. It often develops large surface roots when planted in heavy soils and in areas with surface moisture.