Florist Gum

Eucalyptus cinerea

Argyle Apple, Mealy Stringybark, silver dollar tree

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Eucalyptus cinerea is a small to mid-size tree species in the Myrtaceae family. Native to southeastern Australia, this plant is commonly known by the names Florist Gum, Argyle Apple or Mealy Stringybark. It forms rough, fibrous bark coloured grey-brown to red-brown and attractive rounded to egg-shaped leaves which are oppositely arranged on branches. Flowers are borne in groups of 3, they are white and appear fluffy overall. Flowers lead onto woody capsule fruits. This plant is frequently planted in gardens as a contrast against other plants, for its rounded, pale green to ash-grey foliage. It is also cultivated commercially by the cut flower industry as foliage filler for floristry. It can grow to a large size, but is usually kept at hedge height to keep it producing juvenile foliage. Allowing the tree to grow for several years uncut will result in the adult lance-shaped leaves replacing the more popular round leaves!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves are harvested when they are fresh and young.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in spring or summer.

Cuttings

Root cuttings in a mist bed.

Special features

Hedge plant

Can be used as a wind break.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Grey rounded leaves are popular in flower arranging.

Special features

Origin

Southeastern Australia, including New South Wales, north of Bathurst, to the Beechworth area of Victoria.

Natural climate

Hot Interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Myrtaceae

Flower colour

Cream, Yellow

Scent

Mild
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