Cider gum

Since much of our farm is devoted to cut flowers, we like to experiment with new types of plants that we can offer to customers who want variety.  Last year I planted some Eucalyptus gunnii (cider gum) seedlings in the hope that I could harvest some of the stems at the end of the season for market.  I wasn’t sure if I could overwinter them since they technically are zone 8 (tolerate cold down to 10 degrees F) and we are zone 7b (can get down to 5 degrees F).  But because of our mild winter thus far, these first-year trees have thrived all winter long.  Hopefully next year I’ll have many stems to bring to market.  Not only are the leaves beautiful, but the stems emit this great eucalyptus fragrance that permeates the house for weeks when I bring them indoors.

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Cider gum (Eucalyptus gunnii) in the garden

 

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