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Eucalyptus cinerea

    Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Argyle Apple, Mealy Stringybark (Australia)

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Why we like this variety:
  • Very striking species that is, well, silver!
  • Excellent cut foliage for floral art
  • Very good for screening
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Summary:

Silver dollar, Argyle Apple. Medium sized evergreen tree with amazing foliage for dry garden landscapes. Excellent round silver foliage for floral art. Good choice for privacy planting and screening.

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Botanical Name:
  • Eucalyptus cinerea subsp. cinerea
  • MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
  • Common Name: Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Argyle Apple, Mealy Stringybark (Australia)
  • Status: Evergreen Tree
  • Origin: Confined to south-east Australia, namely central and southern Tablelands, western slopes of New South Wales and north-eastern Victoria

Nursery Notes


Description, habit, uses and attributes:

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.

Lignotuber:  it has one, which is a good thing!  E. cinerea  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. cinerea  will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices and general pruning with secateurs 

What is a lignotuber?

How to use in the landscape and/or garden:

How to grow or train it to get the best out of it

Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape and for the medium garden.
Good choice of species for xerophytic gardens, Australasian planting schemes and desert garden landscapes - very tolerant of dry soils once established.
Growing a full sized standard: planting the tree and running away is an option, but it won’t necessarily give you the best results. For information on how to do it properly see our growing notes here - hyperlink to help page

Floral Art: excellent cut foliage. One of the most popular species grown in the USA and should be more widely grown in the UK. See our notes on training and pruning/coppicing for info on how to produce cut foliage. hyperlink to help page

Ecology:   
- Bees: flowers are useful to bees and other pollinating insects         
- Chickens: The shredded foliage of this species is excellent at keeping Chicken nest boxes and hen houses free of red mites, which detest the presence of Eucalyptol. I used to line our Chicken boxes with shredded leaves, strew the floor and pile up the spindly branches for the chickens to make nests.  It was all great till the foxes moved into the next field...

Environmental: 
- Tolerant of arrid environments, poor stony dry soils once established. It is essential that your Euc.is given lots of water during its establishment phase before you abandon it to its fate.  The tree needs to establish a good root system before it can survive in these challenging conditions.

Biometrics
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.   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


Interesting note: Pharmaceutical investigation of leaves, shoots and flowers of E. cinerea have shown that the essential oils extracted from the plant parts are rich in 1,8-Cineole.  A-pinene, limonene, a-terpineol and a-terpinyl acetate are also present. The extracted oils proved to have antimicrobial properties, being effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, and against yeasts including Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. This all shows great promise for applications in foods, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics

Rate of Growth: Moderate to fast growing
Height in maturity, if left unpruned:    up to 10-15 m and if pruned will take on the size and shape of a species rose or coppiced Hazel tree
Hardiness once established: 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. 

Planting Position and Soil Preference

E cinerea prefers any reasonable, ordinary non-boggy garden soil, in a sunny position; it will not tolerate shade. E cinerea is happy in free draining soil, once established.

To encourage deep rooting and therefore good stability, prepare a deep planting pit as per our instructions.  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.

Follow our planting instructions (issued with every order) for the best results. 

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, 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.

Meaning of the name:  Eucalyptus cinerea: from Latin cinereus, ashen, refers to the white, waxy bloom of the leaves, flower buds and fruits.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus refers to the large silvery leaves
Argyle Apple: the tree profile reminded early settlers of the traditional standard apple tree


Mealy Stringybark: Mealy refers to the white wax on the leaves and shoots, whilst stringybark is a reference to the thick fibrous bark

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