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Eucalyptus cinerea, commonly called argyle apple or silver dollar tree is native to Australia. It is a broadleaf evergreen tree that will grow as a single trunk tree to 25-60’ tall. If grown as an annual shrub from seed, it typically grows rapidly to 6-8’ tall by mid-summer. Juvenile foliage consists of opposite rounded silvery bluish-green leaves (to 2” long) resembling large coins, hence the common name of silver dollar tree. Foliage is aromatic. Foliage stems are frequently used by florists in fresh flower arrangements.

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-11 where plants are grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some drought. Because of its extremely rapid growth rate, it can be grown in gardens as an annual shrub from seed. Plants can be regularly pruned to stimulate bushy growth. Plants are also commonly grown in containers as either shrubs or trained as standards. Container plants can be placed on patios or sunk into the ground to the lip, but must be brought indoors in fall before first frost for overwintering. Container plants can be cut to the ground (and standards are cut back to the trunk) prior to overwintering, and are best overwintered in a cool, dark basement or frost-free garage.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Sow indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date. That's mid-winter for most gardeners. Lightly cover the seeds and keep moist and warm until germination.

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