- botanical name: Eucalyptus E. Gunnii (cultivar ‘Silver Dollar’)
- annual zone 7; perennial zone 9-11
- height 24-36″
- spacing 12-14″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- dry-average soil, well-drained fertile soil
- uses in garden: as a border, in containers, cut foliage, dried foliage, edging, fragrant
- oil in leaves repels insects
*Please note: We accept plant orders at any time of the year and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2013. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
Eucalyptus is an annual in zone 5, but other closely related varieties in this family grow to be enormous trees in warmer climates. A favorite in fresh flower arrangements and ‘swags’, Eucalyptus is recognizable by its distinctive silvery blue-green, rounded leaves. It is equally beautiful in the garden, and gives a strong minty scent wherever it is. An antiseptic and aid in inhalation, it has many strong medicinal properties and makes one of the most common essential oils.
Eucalyptus is native to Australia, and Australian Aborigines have used Eucalyptus in their healing rituals. Now it grows prolifically in parts of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In Brazil, Eucalyptus was used for papermaking.
Sowing Instructions:Start indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost. Transplant outside after danger of frost is past. Direct seeding is not recommended. Space plants 12-14″ apart. Eucalyptus likes full sun and well-drained, fertile soil. Solar mulch is recommended in areas with short growing seasons. Harvest after leaves start to feel leathery. 120-150 days.