A shrub or small to medium sized tree, up to 25 m in height, native to the central eastern part of New South Wales, Australia, where it usually grows in sclerophyll forests, in poor, dry soils, at elevation up to 1000 m.
Its trunk covered by rough, fibrous bark in shades of grey and brown and it has lanceolate, leathery, dull green leaves. The moderately durable wood of Eucalyptus umbra is often used in construction and flooring. Germination: Cover seeds only slightly with substrate: coir or sowing mix + perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet.