Distinctive, aromatic leaves that are a favourite for flower arranging are a feature through the year on fast growing plants.
Silver-grey foliage and mottled bark make this Antipodean beauty unmistakable when seen from a distance and the leaves will rustle in even the slightest breeze, adding an exotic air to a sunny, sheltered garden. Eucalyptus are unusual in that they have 'juvenile' and 'adult' leaves that look totally different in shape and colour. Eucalyptus gunnii has young leaves on wiry stems that are round with a bright silvery hue and the older 'adult' leaves are sea green, long and narrow. Stems of the young leaves are highly prized by florists and both young and adult leaves have a distinct fruity aroma when crushed. As the tree matures, the branches grow sideways so that the adult leaves hang from them like sea-green curtains and the bark becomes mottled with cream and grey giving extra interest especially through winter. The bark rolls up and peels from the trees in layers as the trunk expands to reveal the new patches beneath. Given space and a sunny well drained position, this really is a tree for all seasons.
A graceful, fast growing tree that adds a splash of colour throughout the year and is ideal for a dry, sunny position.
Plant Type: Ornamental Tree
Hardiness: H4: Hardy - Average Winter (-10C to -5C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 15m x 8.5m (5 years)
Pot Size: 7 litre
Foliage Colour: Blue, Silver
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Plants for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist, Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Informal Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Mediterranean Garden,
Season of Interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): July - August
Eucalyptus gunnii is fast growing and needs plenty of room if it is to be grown to its full size. The leaf colours will be most intense in a sunny position and dry or well drained soil. When planting, dig a hole that's at least twice the size of the original container and add a handful of suitable fertiliser to the soil to give your tree a good start. Water well before and after planting and occasionally during prolonged dry weather for the first year until the plant is established. Eucalyptus are drought tolerant so need very little water thereafter. A handful of general fertiliser can be sprinkled around the base of the plant each spring and a layer of garden compost or well rotted manure can be used to top up the soil. Plants can be cut back to within a few centimetres of the main stems each year in late spring to keep them bushy and maintain the young, rounded leaves. 'Adult' leaves will be more prominent on trees that are allowed to grow taller. Your tree will need to be staked until the roots are established.
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