Juvenile leaves of cider gum, Eucalyptus gunnii

Eucalyptus gunnii

Snow gum

  • Botanical name: Eucalyptus gunnii
  • Common name: Snow gum
  • Family: Myrtaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen

Only a few eucalyptus species are reliably hardy, and of these Eucalyptus gunnii is the most popular. Like many eucalyptus, it’s grown mostly for its lush, rounded juvenile foliage, well-loved by flower arrangers. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).


Grow Eucalyptus gunnii in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site. Prune hard annually to maintain its small habit and juvenile foliage.

How to grow Eucalyptus gunnii

  • Plant size

    12m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Eucalyptus gunnii and wildlife

Eucalyptus gunnii has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Eucalyptus gunnii poisonous?

Eucalyptus gunnii can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People