Silver Dollar Gum

Eucalyptus polyanthemos

Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Silver Dollar Gum) - full view

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Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Silver Dollar Gum) - leaves & flower

Foliage detail

Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Silver Dollar Gum) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size: Height: 30-75'; Spread: 15-45'
  • Growth: Fast
  • Character: Evergreen; upright and irregular form; light to moderate canopy. 
  • Foliage: Peppermint scent released when leaves are crushed.
  • Flower: Creamy-white flowers in clusters 1" across, bloom throughout spring and summer.
  • Fruit: Seed capsules 1" follow flower, drop in winter. 
  • Bark: Mottled gray-brown bark.
  • Watering: In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
  • Tree Care: High. Requires frequent pruning to establish and maintain central leader and to encourage good branch structure, and removal of suckers. Sidewalk clean-up during capsule drop.
  • Tolerance: Drought (once established), sandy soils, cold winds, fog.
  • Special Considerations: Prefers full sun. Needs good drainage.
  • Notable Traits: Native to Australia. Tough street tree. Silver, gray green foliage shimmers in the wind. Disease and pest resistant.