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Eucalyptus gunnii

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Cider Gum (Eucalyptus gunnii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Cider Gum foliage

Cider Gum foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  75 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7


Foliage is very ornamental and widely used in fresh or dried floral arrangements; a beautiful landscape specimen, alone or in groups; can be maintained as a smaller tree by pruning, or pruned back to the ground like a perennial shrub in cooler climates

Ornamental Features

Cider Gum has attractive powder blue foliage. The fragrant round leaves are highly ornamental and remain powder blue throughout the winter. It features subtle white button flowers at the ends of the branches in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling gray bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Cider Gum is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cider Gum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Cider Gum will grow to be about 75 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features