Eucalyptus cinerea

Mealy Stringybark

Known in Australia as the Argyle apple because of its apple-tree shape, this is a beautiful eucalypt with persisting juvenile foliage. Eucalyptus cinerea is a tall, rather shapely, fairly fast-growing, evergreen tree with a dense crown and thick, fibrous (hence ‘stringybark’) deep grey bark with vertical furrows over a russet under-bark. The round to ovate, waxy (hence ‘mealy’) highly aromatic, silver-blue juvenile foliage clasps the stems, and is much in demand for flowering arranging and bridal bouquets. After many years, if at all, willow-like, sage-green adult foliage appears, but judicious pruning (it can be coppiced) can keep the juvenile foliage coming. Highly drought-tolerant once established, mealy stringybark needs to be watered well in its first year until it puts down a good root-system. If cut down by severe frost, it will regenerate from the lignotuber.

Site: Tolerates some exposure and salty air
Soil: Light, well-drained, neutral soil; tolerates poor, stony, dry soils once established
Position: Full sun
Season of interest: All year
Hardiness: Fairly hardy (to -8ºC), hardier when fully established
Height: up to 50’ (15m) if left unpruned

Photos by Forest and Kim Starr and licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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