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Florist Gum

Eucalyptus cinerea

Also known as

Argyle Apple, Mealy Stringybark, Silver Dollar Tree, Gum tree, Ash eucalyptus, Florist's eucalyptus

Eucalyptus cinerea-ALC-2-yercaud-salem-India by Yercaud-elango (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Florist Gum Overview

Eucalyptus cinerea is a small to mid-size tree species in the Myrtaceae family. Native to southeastern Australia, this plant is commonly known by the names Florist Gum, Argyle Apple or Penny Gum. It forms rough, fibrous bark, coloured grey-brown to red-brown, and attractive rounded to egg-shaped leaves which are oppositely arranged on branches. Flowers are borne in groups of 3, they are white and appear fluffy overall. Flowers lead onto woody capsule fruits. This plant is frequently planted in gardens as a contrast against other plants, for its rounded, pale green to ash-grey foliage. It is also cultivated commercially by the cut flower industry as foliage filler for floristry. It can grow to a large size, but is usually kept at hedge height to keep it producing juvenile foliage. Allowing the tree to grow for several years uncut will result in the adult lance-shaped leaves replacing the more popular round leaves.

Common problems with Florist Gum

How to harvest Florist Gum

Leaves are harvested when they are fresh and young.

How to propagate Florist Gum


Sow seed in spring or summer.


Root cuttings in a mist bed.

Special features of Florist Gum

Hedge plant

Can be used as a wind break.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Grey rounded leaves are popular in flower arranging.

Other uses of Florist Gum

Ornamental, foliage, fragrance, dried arrangements

Cut flower