Eucalyptus gunnii 'Blue Ice'

Cider Gum


Description: A tall tree that may reach 80-120' with light, reddish brown peeling bark. The juvenile foliage can be used for fresh or dried arrangements. The flower buds are yellow and the small white flowers in spring and summer are followed by tiny, globlet-shaped seed capsules. Rated hardy to frost and may withstand poor, waterlogged soils in winter, drought tender. Prefers light to heavy, well-drained soils in a sunny position. The main stem is erect with branching that is mottled with gray-green and orange stems. Native to the sub-alpine central plateau of Tasmania at about 1100 m.  This is my one of my favorite species out of all the different ones I grow, definitely rating in the top 5.  The small, bluish foliage is quite attractive and it tends to branch well down to the ground.  The "Eucalyptus" smell is not overbearing and it makes quite an attractive landscape specimen or for cut foliage.  The growth rate appears to be moderate, overall, it makes a good Eucalyptus for someone just starting out, or, for the more experienced "Eucaholic."  Closely related to E. archerii.

Culture: Sun or part shade, acid pH, clay, clay loam, loam, sand, sandy loam soil, 32" annual rainfall.

Uses: Ornamental plantings, hedges or windbreaks, shade trees, firewood, cut flowers, foliage and fruits, frost-resistant plant.  Definitely one you should have!

Temperature Rating USDA Zone 7
Type Large tree to 82' (25 m), lignotuber
Flower Color White
Growth Rate Moderate
Placement Sun
Soil Type Sand, loams, clay
Soil Moisture (minimum) 800 mm (32") per year
Native Tasmania
Family Myrtaceae

Key Benefits

bulletWithstands poorly drained soils
bulletBranches well
bulletAttractive blue/green foliage

Problem Solving Features

bulletVery attractive accent plant or tree
bulletBest in poor sands with low fertility
bulletLow maintenance
bulletExcellent for cut foliage
bulletTolerates some shade

Pricing - See Price List Here

*Seed germinates easily with normal methods.  249-392 seeds per gram.


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