Eucalyptus cinerea is a smaller Eucalyptus tree which can be grown as a bushy shrub. A small to moderately sized tree with a compact, dense crown of beautiful silvery foliage. Eucalyptus cinerea subsp. cinerea is one of the most popular eucalypts in cultivation today, especially in temperate regions and colder areas.
E. cinerea differs from E. pulverulenta in that the former has marginally larger foliage, smaller flowers and different tree profile. Its growth habit looks similar to that of a standard apple tree and this ornamental woodland profile makes it popular in many countries.
Shoots ‘n Leaves: Young shoots are round and glaucous (covered in white wax). Juvenile foliage: round to ovate, clasping the stem and in the most striking silvery blue. Important feature of this species – Juvenile and intermediate foliage tend to predominate for many years.
Adult foliage is only produced much later in the life of the tree, if at all. Adult foliage rarely produced. When they appear they are lanceolate to sickle shaped, about 9-14cm long and around 1.5-5cm wide in a matt sage green, sometimes glaucous.
Bark: Tough, thick and fibrous. Seal grey over foxy red-brown and ridged vertically, with deep furrows.
Flowers: White in groups of 3 with a delicate fragrance.
Leaf Aroma: Strong eucalyptus fragrance – wonderful!
Rate of Growth: Moderate to fast growing.
Height in maturity: If left unpruned: up to 10-15 m. Prune at the right time of year to control height and habit. Can be kept as a bushy shrub, a lollipop or small screening tree. For details on the best way to prune and train your tree visit our help and advice pages AND sign up to our Gumnut Club to receive monthly pruning and aftercare advice. Its free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Just ping us an email.
Hardiness: Roots should be hardy to around the -8 to -13°C mark, once mature. Hardiness in Eucalyptus is governed by provenance of seed, how it is grown (i.e. high nitrogen levels reduces cold tolerance), age of the tree – the older your tree, the hardier it will be. Younger Eucs are more susceptible to frost damage.