- Common Name(s):
- Argyle Apple, Eucalyptus, Silver dollar tree
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Eucalyptus cinerea is an evergreen small tree or shrub native to Austraila and is in the Myrtaceae family. It can grow rapidly (one season) to 6-8 feet tall. The leaves are oval, fragrant and an attractive silver color, hence the common name silver dollar tree. The bark is redishbrown and peels on smaller stems and gray and stringy as it matures on the trunk.
In its native environment it can reach 60 feet. It is not reliably cold hardy, but often comes back from the ground after a hard freeze. In cold climates they are commonly grown in containers as either shrubs or annuals. Container plants can be placed on patios or sunk into the ground, but must be brought indoors in fall before first frost for overwintering.
This plant is moderately salt tolerant.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Pest Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. It not winter hardy.
- Full sun
- 15-60 ft.
- Young foliage consists of opposite rounded silvery bluish-green leaves (to 2” long) resembling large coins, hence the common name of silver dollar tree. Foliage is aromatic and often used in flower arrangements.
- This plant is grown for its foliage; it rarely flowers. White small clusters, bell-shaped, 4-petaled with many stamens. The fruit is a many-seeded capsule.
- Needs full sun; well-drained soil and protection from frost.
- Upright, horizontal branches
- Poison Part:
- Leaves, bark
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, coma. Skin redness, irritation, and burning from handling leaves and bark. Eucalyptus oil is extremely toxic if eaten
- Toxic Principle:
- Eucalyptus oil and cyanogenic glycoside
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated ornamental woody shrub or small tree
- 10-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Blue-green foliage
NCCES plant id: 1984