Eucalyptus archeri - Alpine Cider Gum
A beautiful evergreen tree with rounded silvery blue-green leaves; a bushy habit when young, and ultimately (if left unpruned) a stately tree with long weeping glaucous foliage. The cut foliage is good for flower arranging, and preserves well with glycerine.
Height and Appearance
Planting Position and Soil Preference
How to Use
E. archeri closely resembles and is related to E. gunni, but E. archeri ultimately produces a much smaller tree in maturity; which makes it a better choice for many locations. E. archeri responds well to pruning and coppicing. In a reasonable growing period (if planted well) it produces an admirable evergreen hedge-screen (2-3m tall), particularly as it is very tolerant of exposure (windy conditions) and salt laden winds.
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus archeri
MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
Common Name: Alpine Cider Gum
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: Small tree endemic to Tasmania
Why we like this variety:
- Very useful, versatile, adaptable species with nice table manners
- Easy to grow, can be pruned to keep it under control
- Tolerant of difficult conditions
- Looks very attractive - good foliage and bark
- Very good in urban and modern style gardens
Lignotuber: it has one, which is a good thing! Eucalyptus archeri will regenerate off the lignotuber if cut down by man, beast or nature. It also produces many shoots from epicormic buds lying dormant beneath the bark higher up the tree; so E. archeri will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices.
Meaning of the name:
Eucalyptus archeri named after the secretary of the Royal Society, Tasmania; a Mr William H. Archer (1829-1874), plant hunter and botanist. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Linnean Society. In 1848, he collected Eucalyptus plant material from the Western Mountains of Tasmania; trees later named Eucalyptus archeri.