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)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Dunnellon, 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

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Brady, Washington (2 reports)

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 .


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 .


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....


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


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 happ... read more


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?


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.


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 bu... read more


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.


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, an... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 :-)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.