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Silver Dollar Gumtree
Its cool blue-green juvenile foliage and moderate size make this Southeast Australian native a popular choice for home landscapes. A medium-sized, upright, evergreen tree with somewhat ascending, often arching branches, it has round silvery leaves when young. More mature specimens bear oval gray-green leaves. Both types sometimes occur on the same tree, providing added visual interest. The aromatic, colorful foliage is popular in cut flower arrangements. Clusters of small white fuzzy flowers appear at the branch tips in spring and summer, followed by very hard thimble-shaped seed pods. The exfoliating bark is a patchwork of soft earth tones that contrast beautifully with the foliage. Large trunks and branches may have persistent fibrous gray or brown bark.
This sun-loving and cold-tender tree does best in well drained soil. Often planted singly as a shade tree, it also works well in group plantings. Cut it to the ground in early spring and grow it as a perennial where space is limited or where its top growth is marginally hardy.
11 - 3
8 - 11
H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20'-60' / 6.1m - 18.3m
10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m
Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Gray Green, Silver
Salmon, Tan, Brown, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Gray
Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees
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