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PlantFiles: Silver Dollar Gum
Eucalyptus cinerea

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eucalyptus (yoo-kuh-LIP-tus) (Info)
Species: cinerea (sin-EER-ee-uh) (Info)

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive giegertree On Oct 4, 2014, giegertree from Savannah, GA wrote:

E. cinerea is hardy well into zones 7 and 8, too. Please change that on the overall plant entry.

30-foot-tall specimens grow in the Piedmont of NC and even into zone 7a -- perhaps even 6b-- this plant would be killed back to its roots each winter, and then have tall fast watersprout regrowth in summer.

Positive mirlimirli On Jan 28, 2014, mirlimirli from Coffin Bay
Australia wrote:

Having just read all the wonderful things about the Cinerea that I just love I havnt seen anything about the reason that I have planted 10 of these wonderful trees I am a fibre artist and the leaves of this tree provide me with the most wonderful red dye works beautifully on Silk or wool fabric my trees will never reach the height that is mentioned here because I keep pruning them for the leaves this is a great site that I have discovered I suppose I should say okay I live in Australia but there are none of these trees growing around my area hence the planting of my 10 trees that will forever remain shrubs .

Positive RainLv222 On Mar 8, 2013, RainLv222 from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I planted one of these trees in my yard 8 years ago and its been such a beautiful tree to look at its sooooo tall and so pretty. Its low maintnance and I havent had any problems with it at all its my favorite tree in my yard. Im going to purchase another to replace a willow tree I lost due to infestation a two years ago willow trees dont do well in Vegas.I live in las vegas so the summers are HOT! This tree does well out here in the desert I reccomend it if you want a low maintnance tree .

Positive mbry On May 30, 2012, mbry from FINKSBURG, MD wrote:

So far so good. We have two planted in 12" containers on our back deck. Purchased 2 years ago as a sapling maybe 1 ft high. Now 3-4 feet. Have not brought indoors, nor have we pruned yet. The first winter (2010) was the coldest and there was some dieback but with last winters warm (2011) temps, it has been doing just fine. Preparing to plant it on our property at some point next spring. I too, grew up in California, so I miss these things. Now, just to find the right place to put them....

Neutral Jody_P On Jun 4, 2011, Jody_P from Woodstock, GA wrote:

We planted our Eucalyptus tree a year ago. Today it is beautiful spanning at least 4 feet wide; but only about 2 feet high. Is this normal? The bottom branches are almost level with the ground. I have grown this tree in the past, but it did not do this. Is it okay to prune the lower branches off? Reading online tonight I learned not to water it so much. Here in GA right now, it is very dry, so for the last couple of weeks I have been watering it every other day. Is this okay?
Thanks for any tips. Jody

Positive micheng On Jul 16, 2010, micheng from San Jose, CA wrote:

I had one of these very cool looking trees about 10 years back. I'd planted it on my lawn and it grew quickly. However, about 6 months later, it just laid down and died, literally. One day, I saw it just laying on the lawn, like the trunk just separated from the roots. Saddened, I didn't replace it.

Then, when I moved into a new house two years ago, we felt we really needed to add a shade tree for privacy. We looked around for a fast-growing tree at Home Depot and came upon the silver dollar again. Hopeful, I bought it to try again. It was already 10 foot tall when I got it so I hoped that it would survive.

I planted the tree in Feb 2009 and while it grew a foot very quickly, it suddenly stopped growing for about 6 months. I wasn't sure what was happening, but reading up about the problems of overwatering, chlorosis, I held back to watering just once a week. Admittedly, it did not get much sun as the retaining walls behind it were quite tall and blocked all but the mid-day sun during the summer.

Then, it suddenly sprouted again in Sept and grew another foot before going dormant. I was pretty disappointed in this supposedly fast growing tree. But then, a very usual winter dropped rain in San Jose nearly non-stop for about 7 months. I hadn't seen anything like that in 25 years and was worried about the tree drowning, along with everything else in the incessant downpour. To my surprise, the tree not only handled the deluge well, it seemed to thrive. Starting this Feb, it started sprouting again and it hasn't stopped.

At first, it grew about an inch and a half a week in the rainy weather. Then, as it grew taller and the weather dried up in late May, the grow rate accelerated. Now that we're in the middle of summer, it's getting a ton of sun and growing about 3 and a half inches a week. I water it much more regularly now, about every other day. The trunk is bright green as the ashy bark fell off in the rains. I estimate it's about 17 foot tall now, having grown about 5 foot in the last 5 months. While it's got quite a ways to go to provide the coverage we need, I feel assured that the tree will top 22 feet by the end of this year and reach our minimum desired height of 30 feet by next year.

Neutral JudeY On Nov 3, 2009, JudeY from Brooksville, FL wrote:

I have E. cinerea growing (Brooksville, FL) and it has been doing great. Now (Nov. 2009) the bottom 2/3 of the tree is brown, dry and looks like it's dying. Top portion is still green. I need to know how to prune it, feed it, water it and if it's in trouble right now. Tree is about 12 ft. tall, trunk is showing the lovely shredded bark but leaves are falling badly. Didn't do this before now. What do I need to do?

Positive DLBillings On Oct 15, 2009, DLBillings from El Mirage, AZ wrote:

In 1981 we planted a 5 gallon silver dollar eucalyptus in our front yard in Phoenix AZ. It grew like a weed and when it was about 25 feet tall my husband topped it as we had heard they could break in high winds if too spindly. That tree is now about 60 feet tall and about 30 inches around. We no longer live at that house but I drive by every so often just to look at it. Wonderful shade tree. We did water deeply to encourage deep roots. I intend to plant another one soon.

Positive GUNDEALER On Jun 4, 2009, GUNDEALER from Spout Spring, VA wrote:

I purchased this plant from a local nursery here in zone 7a Lynchburg Va. in the summer of 2008. The plants origin was Monrovia Nursery and was approx. 9ft in height and had been kept in the greenhouse and never exposed to outside elements. I decided to take a chance and plant it outside near some pampas grass which was to be used as a wind block. The plant grew very well here in heavy clay soil summer thru December. During the winter all exposed parts of the tree had dieback. This plant had been exposed to frost,snow,ice and overnight temp. of 0 Deg. followed by several days of below freezing temps. In April the tree was pruned to the ground and with new sprouts emerging and growing vigorously. Within 2 months the plant has approx. 20 sprouts 1ft long but i am undecided to keep it as a bush or try the tree form once again.

Positive debfromdaisy On Nov 2, 2008, debfromdaisy from Soddy Daisy, TN wrote:

I have wonderful success with this plant, have grown them for years. In July of 2007, I planted a 10 inch plant, and by July of 2008, it was 25 feet tall and is the wonder of all who pass by! I do need to know how the root system grows, whether down or out, and if the roots can be damaging to a house foundation. I have mine just a few feet in front of my townhouse, and the landlord wants me to cut it down for fear it will damage the foundation of the structure. If anyone has info, please pass it along. I don't want to lose my tree, and would try to dig it up and give to a friend before having it destroyed. Mine survive winters here very well if planted on the south side where they get winter sun, and mulch around them in the fall. I am about 20 miles north of Chattanooga, TN.

Positive wendymadre On Jun 17, 2008, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

I bought a 5-inch tall eucalyptus in a six inch pot in the spring of 2007. I put it in an eighteen-inch pot, and it survived the winter outside with temperatures often below freezing and once down to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, in South Central Virginia, Zone 7. Now, in the late spring of 2008, it is between four and five feet tall and I'm going to go outside in a few minutes and plant it in the ground. I'm hoping it is indeed the silver dollar eucalyptus that it was said to be, because I don't want it to get more than 15 feet tall. I grew up on the central coast in California, and we had huge eucalyptus trees there. I don't have room for one of those, and they also produce a chemical that deters other plants from growing near them. There are a lot of different types of eucalyptus, and I wonder if all of the trees being mentioned in the comments are the same variety.

Positive hugsnbugs On Apr 29, 2008, hugsnbugs from Pearl River, LA wrote:

I have had my tree for 3 years and it is over 7 foot tall. It was about 12 inches when I bought it. My sisters was atleast 12-14 foot tall and 3 inches in diameter. It Loves Miracle grow potting soil. It loves Louisiana climate too. If you trim off all of the bottom branches it will grow really tall. Make sure to leave the ball at the base of the tree above ground. I have read not to put it close to buildings because of the root systems interferring with foundations. I have seeds I am going to try now to make more seedlings. Our Agri-Science Teacher told us they can freeze and die if the winters are real harsh.

Positive bamagirl35973 On Jul 10, 2007, bamagirl35973 from Rome, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have noticed this tree growing in several yards in my area and I want one too!! I tried several times in the past with no luck when I lived in GA. I think I'll try again since people are having luck with it here.

Negative 1cros3nails4gvn On Jan 1, 2007, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

last year i planted a small tree about one half foot high. in the spring and early summer, it shot up like the mercury in a thermometer on the 4th of july. it got up to about 6 or 7 feet tall. then in the middle of july, it just turned brown and died with no visible cause of death. These also tend to break in the bad ice storms that happen about every few years in columbia, so that is why there are not many large specimens sold. one more thing is that they lose their round leaves when the mature. especially at the top. they start to elongate and turn more like the normal eucalyptus leaves are.

Positive miulloj On Sep 9, 2006, miulloj from Thomasville, GA wrote:

I just discovered, from this site, exactly which Euco. this is growing in my front yard by the drive. It is a beautiful ornamental with a twisted tall trunk that has many bark shreddings coming off of it. I would say it is at least 60 feet tall. It is willowy in the crown with not all that many leaves. I have pruned around it to show it better and hope for it to grow out a bit. The leaves look just like the stuff in flower arrangements. The only negative I can think of is that it drips quite a bit of sap onto the cars in the spring.

Neutral kenrnoto On Sep 22, 2005, kenrnoto from Westminster, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I found two small plants in a local nursery. They had kept them in their covered type green house all winter.I planted them on the south side of my home where they'll be protected from the chilling winds of winter. They started off slow, but in early August they burst forth with a lot of new leaves. The new growth is hardening off now. For the Winter I plan on wrapping both of them up in straw and cloth to protect them for the Winter. I keep reading about people in zones 7 and below who have had luck growing this into a tree. So that's my goal - I want two Eucalyptus trees shading the south side of my home. I'll let everyone know how they turned out next year.


Positive artistnan On Sep 7, 2004, artistnan from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Hello from Atlanta!

I bought a lovely young silver dollar gum last year. He was about 8" tall and is now up to the second story of our town home. This plant is the talk of the neighborhood!

Can anyone tell me how to save branches for inside my home for arrangements and the wonderful aroma? I have cut them and placed them to dry but they just curl up.


Atlanta Nan :-)

Positive ldt On Nov 19, 2003, ldt from Pickens, SC wrote:

I have had one growing in my yard since 1996, not sure how tall it is but its very large. I bought the whip at Park Seed in Greenwood, SC, they list it as not being hardy in zone 7. This is the first year I have seen flower buds, unfortunately the squirrels chewed the branch off, thats how I knew I had flower buds. The description says bloom time spring but my buds are on the tree now. I also planted a second tree but I have cut that one back several times, so its only about 15' tall. The first tree is taller than my magnolia tree. So if you want to grow it outside give it a shot.

Positive wnstarr On Oct 27, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Living in Edgewood, Washington (Sunset Zone 5), the "Silver Dollar Eucalyptus" grows well here. In early Spring I purchased one at the farmers market, it was a small start in gallon can. It has put on considerable growth this summer. There are several good sized trees in the area. Looking forward to this tree adding the scent of eucalyptus oil to the air.

Neutral Monocromatico On Oct 27, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Cultivated in colder regions for floral arrangements, but Ive seen one or two of them growing spontaneously near roads in warmer areas (I mean warm like Rio de Janeiro), though they dont grow very much. I guess this species prefers colder areas but tolerates high temperatures.

The leaf has a good scent, better than most Eucalipti I know.

Positive loohoo On Oct 27, 2003, loohoo from Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have three Silver Dollar Gum plants growing; one is over 9' tall and the other two have stayed about 3' tall but are beautiful because they are sprawling horizontally intstead of growing up!

Our weather went down into the 20's last winter and it didn't hurt them one little bit. I am not having much making new ones though I wonder if there is a best time of year to start plants from cuttings. My trees are young and haven't made flowers yet.

Positive goldendays On Sep 15, 2003, goldendays from Crystal Springs, MS wrote:

We have two of these. One grows in full sun under a power line and must be trimmed twice each year. The other--the same age growing in part shade-- has never gotten over three feet tall. When we trim the tree, we call the local florists who gladly come to cart it away. We keep some of the branches for friends and family.

Positive AnnetteVanGoodm On Aug 31, 2003, AnnetteVanGoodm from New York, NY wrote:

My three foot tree is the cutest, most fragant item in my apt.

Positive IslandJim On Jul 13, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like this tree--probably for all the wrong reasons. It's a quirky grower of unpredictible form [I call this the teenager model, all elbows and knees]. And the color of a good specimen is sensational. When I was a kid and came down with the crud, my mother would fill an old electric perculator coffee pot with water, stuff the basket full of leaves of this tree, and set it to perking in my room. Don't know if it worked, but I'm still here.

Positive Azalea On Apr 23, 2003, Azalea from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am in USDA Zone 7b and have had a "Silver Dollar Eucalyptus" in my garden for three years. I thought this past winter when the temps went to 8 F that I might lose it. Its leaves did turn brown, but now I see tiny new green leaves coming on it.

My "tree" started as a small cutting and is now about 9' tall. I did see a beautiful tree in Greenwood, South Carolina (U.S.), with a trunk about 3" in diameter - this is my goal.

Positive Nurafey On Apr 22, 2003, Nurafey from Polk City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have grown the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus over the past 5 years and found that it makes an exceptional specimen plant/tree. It also seems to help repel bugs (I also use Eucalyptus mulch) and is very pretty. I usually plant it with lavender roses, and they complement each other well. I love the blue-green colour, the round shape of the leaves and the lovely clean smell.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus is a great container plant! It can be over-wintered in cold climates, or dried for everlasting arrangements.

Neutral posie On Sep 12, 2002, posie wrote:

Many Australian indigenous plants contain chemicals which are poisonous to rabbits and other introduced species. The natural pest bait 1080 is made from such chemicals which makes it safe for use in Australian habitats.

The leaves of Silver Dollar Gum are often used in Australian floral arrangements in conjunction with soft pinks such as rosebuds. Incongruous but pretty.

In Australia this plant grows in the wild especially after bushfires. The strong heat generated by its volatile oils also helps to germinate the seeds. Often amongst the first plants to spring back after bushfire.

A very easy colour foliage to live with. Try matching up a leaf at your paint store-you'll find everyone wanting to know where you got the colour.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama
Dadeville, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
El Mirage, Arizona
Malvern, Arkansas
Manhattan Beach, California
Reseda, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)
Clermont, Florida
Crescent City, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hawthorne, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Thomasville, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Pearl River, Louisiana
Sulphur, Louisiana
Finksburg, Maryland
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Saint Charles, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York City, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Gearhart, Oregon
Sutherlin, Oregon
Bluffton, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Little River, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
West Columbia, South Carolina
Etowah, Tennessee
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Rosharon, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Petersburg, Virginia
Spout Spring, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Brady, Washington (2 reports)
Puyallup, Washington

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