Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus gunnii Hook.f.
Cider gum

Black tag 226
54o 34.990N
5o 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 -14oC

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 commercially as a coppice to provide large quantities of the blue juvenile foliage.
There is also a young Eucalyptus in the Global Medicine Garden

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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