Eucalyptus Species, Cider Gum, Gunnii

Eucalyptus gunnii

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eucalyptus (yoo-kuh-LIP-tus) (Info)
Species: gunnii (GUN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Eucalyptus whittingehameii



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Lincoln, (258 reports)

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Cheshire, Oregon

Irmo, South Carolina

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

Quilcene, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 28, 2012, Marcelde from Cheshire, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted two Eucalyptus Gunnii. I live in western Oregon, probably zone 8.

Both grew, initially. After 4 years and a cold winter, one failed. Like the writer from Bulgaria, I cut it back and it re-sprouted. Two winters later it again seemed to have died. No new growth is visible.

But the 2nd Eucalyptus Gunnii showed no stress in any of the years and is now probably 12' high.

There is a hybrid called "Silver Drop" and the tag says it is not winter hardy. It is described as a "Dwarf form. Grows 20'+ tall." I like the tree so I tried planting two more.


On Apr 17, 2009, purplesun from Krapets,
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

Two reports for the winter of 2011/2012:
Sofia, 2300 feet AMSL, 6b
After becoming a substantial tree with a nice trunk, E.gunnii was planted into the ground, grew well through summer, and had to face the worst winter I have seen during my lifetime in Bulgaria. Knee-deep snow cover stayed on the ground for full three months, providing an excellent insulation against cold. Winter low was -7 degrees Fahrenheit. After cutting it into healthy wood a couple of inches above ground in late winter, I can now report that the tree is regrowing from the trunk in multiple places. Another plant, a small seedling, which was completely buried under snow, is preparing to regrow too. This is a definite success.
Krapets, Bulgaria, sea level, 7b/8a
Two small seedlings were planted ... read more