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Eucalyptus gunnii


A classical specimen tree from 'down-under'

This fragrant hardy evergreen tree belongs to the family of Myrtaceae, native to Tasmania, and can be recognised with its elliptic, sickle-shaped or rounded leaves, with most of the trees having a fragrant bark, and small white flowers.


These are vigorous trees which will reach great heights when mature so make sure you give it enough space when planting out. Also, it is very tolerant of dry conditions because its roots are very good at seeking out water. It is possible with regular pruning to grow in a large pot or container.


When young, commonly known as Cider Gum, it can be grown in slightly acidic soil, and can tolerate drought conditions.

Cider Gum produces a sweet maple like sap, which according to some researchers, was used by the Aborigines as an alcoholic beverage after fermentation.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Summer, Winter
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 450 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Patio container