Eucalyptus Gunnii is a large evergreen tree native to Tasmania, which is why it is also known as Tasmania cider tree. These are extremely hardy and versatile plants which you can grow as a large tree outdoors or as a bushy shrub in your winter garden.
Noted for their exceptional tolerance to cold and their uses in industrial areas, they’re used for paper production, as biomass for fuel. The oil is used for its medicinal properties. The Eucalyptus plant yields a sweet syrup, which is processed and fermented to form apple cider-like liquid.
Cider tree grows fast (1.5 - 2 metres) every year to develop into a magnificent tree. It prefers neutral-acidic, not wet soil when the shrub is young. Once established, it will develop into a hardy tree with tolerance for extreme conditions.
One can also raise it as a garden shrub by pruning it as required. Eucalyptus tree is characterised with smooth flaking bark in grey, cream or brown colours.
Its leaves are rounded or ovate and silvery blue-green when the plant is young. Once it develops into a giant tree, the leaves turn sickle-shaped and grey-green in colour.
The eucalyptus plant blooms small clusters of white flowers in Jan - Feb. Its leaves have a strong aroma, used to extract an oil that is a great insect repellent and has medicinal application in aromatherapy.
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