A picture of a Cider Gum

Cider Gum

Eucalyptus gunnii

Also known as

Cider Tree, Tasmanian Cider Tree, Cider gum

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

14m

12m

Min

8m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Cider Gum

A close up of a some foliage of an Eucalyptus gunnii plant
A close up of some Eucalyptus gunnii flowers hanging from a tree
Peeling bark of a Eucalyptus gunnii tree in the wild
Tree trunk in a forest of a Eucalyptus gunnii plant

Cider Gum Overview

Eucalyptus gunnii is a large, evergreen tree from the Myrtaceae family, that is frequently grown for its young leaves. Commonly known by the names Cider Gum and Cider Tree. The Cider Gum tree produces rounded, glaucus blue-green to slivery leaves that make stunning additions to floral arrangements. As they mature, the leaves develop into more of a oval to lance-shape, coloured a darker grey-green shade. The adult tree also has attractive, characteristic peeling bark coloured brown-cream. Flowers are white and arranged in clusters. Eucalyptus gunnii grows best in slightly acidic soil and full sun, provide young plants with shelter. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Cider Gum

May be affected by Eucalyptus suckers, Ctenarytaina eucalypti and can also suffer from oedema and silver leaf.

How to harvest Cider Gum

Cut young stems of foliage as required.

How to propagate Cider Gum

Seed

Special features of Cider Gum

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Flowers are small and fluffy, coloured white and arranged in clusters.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Cider Gum

Banks, hedging and specimen. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Essential Oil

Leaves and stems are used to distill an essential oil used for a range of medicinal purposes.