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Florist gum

Eucalyptus cinerea

Florist gum is planted in gardens as a contrast plant with its ash-grey foliage. It is cultivated commercially by the cut flower industry as foliage filler in floristry. It can grow to be a huge tree, but is usuall kept at hedge height. Allowing the tree to grow for several years uncut, will result in the adult lanceolate leaves replacing the more popular round leaves!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Leaves are harvested when they are fresh and young.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring or summer.
Cuttings
Root cuttings in a mist bed.

Special features

Hedge plant
Can be used as a wind break.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Attractive leaves
Grey rounded leaves are popular in flower arranging.

Geography

Origin
Australia, New South Wales, north of Bathurst, to the Beechworth area of Victoria.
Natural climate
Hot Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
Cream to yellow
Scent
Mild

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