This very large tree, also known as White-top Messmate, grows from 20 to 60 m tall and prefers cool, moist areas; it is common around Robertson, sometimes in rainforest patches but more often nearby. Brown, fibrous bark is present on the trunk and large branches; the upper branches are smooth, shedding bark in long ribbons each year.
The alternate leaves, up to 15 cm long, are sometimes curved. At the base of the leaf, one side extends farther down the leaf stalk than the other. The flower clusters are made up of 7‒15 white flowers and usually occur in pairs in the forks of the leaves. The fruit (gum nuts) are small, about 8 mm long, and are pear or cone shaped.
North-eastern VIC to Northern NSW