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Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ – Silver Cider Gum. 1 of our beautiful 7 dwarf evergreen trees


Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ – Silver Cider Gum is a fabulous dwarf variety with intense silver foliage, for the smaller garden, patio pots and raised planters.

Why we like this variety:

  • Dwarf compact hybrid – easy to grow
  • Can be kept as a small evergreen bushy shrub from 1.2m upwards – prune March and end of May
  • Great as a privacy screening tree – Grow as a statement compact standard tree in your garden
  • Fabulous silver leaves and young stems for cut foliage in the house

Sizes Quoted are the approximate height band of the tree above compost level, ie. the height of the tree once planted into the ground. Please note: Eucalyptus are living plants and can grow almost all year round, occasionally we may supply you with a plant that is slightly taller than your order. If this might cause you problems, please include a note with your order.

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Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ – Silver Cider Gum. 1 of our beautiful 7 dwarf evergreen trees

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ is an elegant tree with a slim upright habit and striking silvery foliage – as the name suggests.

However it equally makes a fabulous short bushy shrub anywhere from 1.2m up to 2.4m (you choose), when pruned on an annual basis.

‘Silverana’ also grows well in patio pots and large planters – do continue to grow it in the air-pot container system. For more information on this topic, visit our Guidance Notes on Growing in Containers here.

For more information on the attributes of Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ hop over to the tab labelled ‘How to Use’

Biometrics for Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’

Shoots ‘n LeavesEucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ has fabulous foliage. Young shoots are intensely silver and white – great for floral art work.

Juvenile leaves are typically metallic silver and rounded, like its parent E. gunnii, which makes it particularly popular with florists and flower arrangers.

Intermediate foliage quickly becomes ‘oval shaped’ while retaining most of it’s striking silver grey colour.

Adult leaves are silvery, elegant, long and lanceolate like its parent E. gunnii.

Bark: Typical of the gunnii group – peeling and flaking with age. Young bark is silvery.

We are waiting to evaluate the mature bark in the nursery trial plot.

Flowers: White, in small clusters in June/July time.

Leaf Aroma:  Mild Eucalyptol.  For a stronger aroma, choose either  of its cousins E archeri or E urnigera or the more dwarf  Eucalyptus ‘France Bleu’

Rate of Growth: Medium 1.0-1.5m (3-4ft) per year, but faster the E ‘Azura’.

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’

Height in Maturity:  Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’  responds well to regular annual pruning on March 18th  to keep it small, either as a bushy shrub or shrub-on-a-stick.

If maintained as a pollarded specimen, it will take on the size and shape of a Pittosporum shrub or coppiced Hazel tree.

Can be managed anywhere between 2.4m to 5-6m tall (8ft – 20ft)  with annual pruning.  Visit our Pruning Guidance Notes here

Without pruning to control its size: Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’  will become a medium sized tree, moderately fast, eventually growing up to about 10-12m tall  (30 ft-ish) after about 10-15 years.

Pruning should only be carried out between March and July, unless you are growing for cut foliage.

Eucalypts only heal over their pruning wounds when the sap is actively rising. Please refrain from pruning ornamental trees and shrubs between September and end of February.

Pruning out of season could lead to ingress of a fatal disease.

Hardiness: estimated that the root-system should tolerate down to around -12 °C to -15 °C mark, once mature.

Our stock sailed through winter 2022/2023 really well, without any scorch or leaf damage and the trees planted in our field did equally well, with no sign of damage. We had -13°C  that winter.

Protect E. ‘Silverana’ from severely cold biting winds and bad winter weather for the first few years (3-5 years from planting).

Getting E. ‘Silverana’ well rooted into deep soil is essential for this cultivar. See our planting notes for how to do this easily.

Hardiness in Eucalyptus is governed by provenance/genetics, 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. For more information on how to grow your Eucalyptus in a stress-free way, visit our Guidance Notes here and scroll to the very bottom

Additional information

Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 150 × 50 × 50 cm

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Planting Position and Soil

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’

For the best results, follow our planting and aftercare watering instructions; issued with every order.


  • Sun: Enjoys full sun and open sky above. Avoid shade cast by other tall trees and buildings.
  • Shelter: Enjoys a sheltered position – not that keen on cold, exposed, windy locations. Drought and cold resistant once established with a deep root system.
  • Preferred soil type: Any normal garden soil that is free draining: stoney/dry, clay, loam and normal range of pH acid-neutral-alkaline.
  • Grows well on our horrible yellow swampy wet clay soil at Grafton Nursery.
  • Tip burn: not usually a problem but if your Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ has produced a great deal of soft growth in the Autumn. even on older plants, it may experience frost damage and wind scorch on the finer filigree-like shoot tips, This is easily removed during Spring prune – March 18th



  • If planting a large number for firewood or cut foliage, subsoiling may be a good practice to follow, especially if pastureland has previously been used by livestock.
  • For the best results, follow our planting and aftercare watering instructions, issued with every order; they can also be found under the Help and Advice tab on this website.
  • Improve poor soils with our planting kit, at the time of planting.
  • To encourage deep rooting and therefore good stability, prepare a deep planting pit as per our instructions.
  • For the first few years of establishment, the breeder recommends a 20cm mulch of bark chips over winter.
  • Ensure there is no competition from weeds or grass around the base of the young tree as this will seriously cramp its style and slow down establishment. Our research has found that grass around the trunks of newly planted Eucalypts can completely stop them from growing and may lead to failure
  • Make life easier for you and your new tree: Plant with the mycorrhizal fungi product Rootgrow.  Eucalyptus in particular have a special, lifelong relationship with their root fungi, the latter of which actively transport food and water directly into the tree roots, helping your new Euc establish faster and more efficiently, particularly in challenging types of soil.

How to Use

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’

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How to get the best out of your E. ‘Silverana’ 

Specimen Tree: Eucalyptus ‘Silverana’  is recommended for the wider landscape, arboretum collection or avenue planting and for the small, medium and larger garden:

Standard Tree: Planting the tree and running away is an option, but it won’t necessarily give you the best results!  See our guidance notes for growing specimen Eucalyptus in our Help and Advice section.

Handy Tip: With a young 5 litre tree, nip out the growing shoot tips mid-March and end of May, to encourage bushiness. With a 12 litre or 20 litre standard, once planted – maintain the bushy head by pruning on the same dates as above for as long as required to maintain the desired height.


Growing shrub-on-a-stick clipped standard – great as an Evergreen Privacy Screening Tree for the smaller garden: this is an opportunity to grow Eucalyptus ‘Silverana’ in a confined space and control its overall size.  The silver foliage bounces light back to the viewer, acting like net curtains – preventing the observer seeing through the foliage to the other side.

You can produce a small tree on a trunk with a height of anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 4m (12ft).  Prune on March 18th and again end of May to maintain bushiness and compact habit.


Growing a multi-stemmed rounded bush or tree: Eucalyptus ‘Silverana’ responds well to pollarding, (once it has attained a trunk of 50mm in diameter) and readily produces a multi-stemmed specimen.

Why would you want to do this?

  • Screening: to grow a tree with more body or ‘mass’ of branches and foliage for screening purposes. Once grown back up to its full potential, it will now have several main trunks with many branches carrying lots of leaves.
  • Interesting form:  to create an attractive multi-stemmed architectural tree, especially if it has exceptional bark
  • Control height: usefully maintain your Euc anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 7m (20ft), but genetically it will want to grow taller if ignored.

To produce your own multi-stem from a young tree, keep nipping out the shoot tip ends between March and June. Once the trunk has reached 50mm in diameter (usually one growing season), pollard a mature specimen down to 1m tall in March. It will take 10 weeks to re-sprout and then grow into a bushy shrub. Thereafter, maintain by trimming shoot tips during March to mid-July. Avoid pruning between August and February.


Remember: No grass, no weeds and a thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) are essential to assist with good establishment. Our research trials have demonstrated that grass around the trunk of Eucalyptus prevent the trees from quickly establishing and can completely stop them from growing.

Pot Culture outdoors:

Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ is an excellent subject for container growing especially as a multi-stemmed shrub. Pot on at the recommended intervals and feed and water copiously during the growing season. Lack of water will result in it becoming brown and crispy…not a good look!

Over winter conditions for Eucalyptus in pots – protect from frosts at around +5°C, provide protection, good light and water twice a week.

For information on how to successfully grow Eucs in pots, visit our Blog entitled ‘How to grow a Eucalyptus in a pot and keep it alive!’

 Floral Art:  Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ has all the hallmarks of being great for cut foliage and will be added to our ‘Cut foliage’ list.  We recommend harvesting prior to the hard winter frosts to avoid tip burn. Summer harvesting may be an option; this is being evaluated in our trials.

For information on how to grow cut foliage – see our Book ‘Fantastic Foliage and How to Farm It’ on the sundries page

Hedge-Screens & Windbreaks:  Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ is an excellent choice for a hedge-screen as it readily produces sub-lateral shoots – i.e. branches off the side-branches and easily becomes bushy.  This is unusual for most Eucs.

For information on how to grow hedge-screens, see our ‘Help & Advice’ pages



– Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’  is a good shade tree for livestock to stand under.   Eucalyptus provide a cool environment for horses, cattle, llamas, sheep to shelter from the sun on hot days, as the mass evaporation of water through the leaves creates a cool shady canopy beneath. Best grown in a group of trees to provide it with protection from exposure.



– Bees. All Eucalyptus produce flowers with nectar and pollen. Eucalyptus ‘Silverana’ usefully flowers in June/July providing foraging for honey-bees and other pollinating insects

– Habitat creation and Game Cover:  this variety lends itself to providing good trouble-free habitat creation for wildlife and game cover, when planted in groups of trees.

Birds enjoy roosting in Eucalyptus trees and Pheasants like rootling around underneath them.



– Growing on the Coast: We have no experience of growing Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’  in a coastal environment.  I suspect it may do well in milder coastal districts, when grown a mile or two inland of the sea, but this needs trialling.  Do get in touch if you are giving this a go and let us know how you get on.

– Drying up wet soils.  We have no experience as yet of growing Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’  in seriously boggy ground, but will be trialling it.  I suspect it will prefer a draining clay soil rather than swampy conditions.  It grows well at Grafton Nursery on our yellow-clay soil.

– Tolerance of cold and exposed growing environments inland:  Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ requires a degree of shelter amongst other plants to grow in an open location. No grass, no weeds and a thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) are essential to assist with good establishment


– Tolerant of poor stony soils once established   Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’ does not require a rich soil and can survive in poor, stony soils. It is essential that your Euc. is given our recommended quantity of water for its first 2 growing seasons in your grounds, during its establishment phase, before you abandon it to its fate.

No grass, no weeds and a thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) are essential to assist with good establishment.  The tree needs to grow a good root system before it can survive in dry, challenging conditions.



Nursery Notes and Trivia

Winter 2022 into Spring 2023

Stock levels:

3 litre and 5 litre available as standards and some bushes in good quantity now

12 litre, 20 litre available as light standards and also 30 litre heavy standards.  100 litre multi-stem specimesn should be ready later in 2023

Botanical NameEucalyptus gunnii ‘Silverana’   (Ion40PBR)       MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name: Silver Cider Gum

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: French Plant Breeder Luc Harvengt

Lignotuber: Not present because E. ‘Silverana’  is vegetatively raised.

However, if pollarded to around 1m, dormant epicormic buds will sprout from the trunk, on young trees.  Mature trees that are not regularly worked may not be able to re-sprout.  Always pollard in March, never at other times of year.

Meaning of the name: ‘Silverana’ refers to the intense silvery foliage

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