Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Azura’

cider gum tree, eucalyptus


Eucalyptus gunnii is a hardy attractive evergreen from Australia, which can be coppiced annually, resulting in rounded young foliage, or left as is to quickly form a large tree with beautiful peeling bark and creamy white pompom summer flowers.

The recently introduced variety, ‘Azura’ is even more silvery-white in colour than the straight species, and the young leaves particularly are prized by florists and flower arrangers.


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Origin: Australia
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species / Cultivar: gunnii 'Azura'
Common Name: cider gum tree, eucalyptus

Plant Biography

Eucalyptus gunnii was one of the first Eucalyptus trees to be grown in the UK, and is also one of the largest and fastest growing.

Young leaves are formed rounded and clasp the stem attractively, which is a phase of growth that can be prolonged almost indefinitely by coppicing the stems annually.

Allowed the space and headroom, ‘Azura’ grows to be a large, evergreen, open crowned tree with long, sickle shaped leaves and attractively mottled bark. Clusters of creamy white pompom flowers add to its interest in summer.

Eucalyptus gunnii 'Azura'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 10m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Regular cutting of the young silvery leaves, which are commonly then used for flower arranging, will slow the transition to adult leaves.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Eucalyptus gunnii is one of the hardiest of the Eucalyptus. It thrives in a sunny sheltered spot in most soils.


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