Eucalyptus gunnii

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.

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Origin: Australia
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species / Cultivar: gunnii
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, ‘Silveriana’ 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
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: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
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: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
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.

1 customer review for Eucalyptus gunnii

Lovely healthy tree, delivered on time. Good value for the size.

Reuben H.