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:


  • 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.