Eucalypyus gunnii ‘Silverana’

cider gum tree, eucalyptus


Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’, commonly known as Cider Gum, is prized for its striking silvery-blue foliage which emits a refreshing menthol fragrance. Thriving in sunny, well-drained soil with minimal watering needs, it reaches heights of 12 metres if left to grow naturally, although it can be maintained to a smaller size.

This fast-growing, evergreen tree offers year-round beauty and charm.


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Origin: Australia
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species / Cultivar: gunnii 'Silverana'
Common Name: cider gum tree, eucalyptus
Synonym: Eucalyptus gunnii 'Lon40'

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, ‘Silverana’ 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.

Eucalypyus gunnii 'Silverana'
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: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 8-12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3-4m
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

Like many Eucalyptus, 'Silverana' can be regularly coppiced to keep it smaller and to encourage the juvenile foliage which is a staple for many florists.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, needing minimal watering once established. This striking variety boasts silvery-blue foliage, adding elegance to any landscape. To maintain its health and vigour, occasional pruning is recommended to shape and manage its growth.

‘Silverana’ typically reaches heights of 8-12 metres with a spread of 3-4 metres, making it an ideal choice for larger gardens or as a stunning focal point in commercial landscapes. This species will tolerate regular coppicing to keep it to a manageable size and encourage the attractive juvenile growth.


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