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Silver Dollar Gum
Other Common Names: Argyle Apple, Mealy Stringbark or Silver-leaf Stringybark
Characteristics: Tree to 15 m spread 5 m
Seeds per packet: 15
The Silver Dollar Gum is an attractive small to medium tree growing to 15m in height with a dense crown of attractive silver-blue foliage. Red-brown to grey-brown, fibrous stringy bark on the lower trunk and larger branches.
Juvenile foliage is rounded and silvery-blue, adult foliage is broad-lanceolate or lanceolate 6-11cm long.
Conical flower buds open to small cream to yellow flowers from spring through to summer.
The foliage is widely used in flower arrangements.
Endemic New South Wales and Victoria.
Adaptable to a range of soil types and tolerant of seasonal waterlogging. Prefers a sunny position.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long. As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.