Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Eucalyptus gunnii
Cider gum

Tag 414
54 deg 34.990N
5 deg 56.024W

There are some 500 species of Eucalyptus that dominate the woods of Australasia. They are all evergreen and generally aromatic. However there are only about 5 or 6 species that are hardy enough to grow in the British Isles and even these can occasionally get damaged by severe frost The cider gum, a native of Tasmania, is the commonest Eucalypt grown in the British Isles and is said to be hardy down to -14degC

Like most of the family, E. gunnii has distinctly different juvenile and adult leaves. The juvenile leaves are rounded, with a dense blue bloom, the adult leaves are more linear and a darker green. The juvenile leaves are much favoured by florists and the species is grown commercilly as a coppice to provide large quanitities of the blue juvenile foliage.

Cider gum in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Juvenile foliage of cider gum

Eucalyptus gunnii in Belfast Botanic Gardens Juvenile foliage of Eucalyptus gunnii
Adult foliage of cider gum Bark of cider gum
Adult foliage of Eucalyptus gunnii Bark of Eucalyptus gunnii

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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