Real World Gardener Plant of the Week is Eucalyptus Silver Princess

June 22nd, 2014


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Eucalyptus Caesia


This week’s plant of the week has got be one of the standout plants for the colour of the leaves, bark and flowers.

This week, plant of the week is highly decorative and one of the most sought after gum trees for home gardens.

It’s a native tree, and is a brilliant ornamental tree growing to about 8 m before the foliage starts to weep.

The young branches are red and glossy with older growth being covered in a whitish bloom and the bark peels in curled strips. The flowers are stunning large showy pink to red with yellow at the tips of the stamens arriving in Spring .

Not only is the tree not too big, but Yes it’s a gum tree from the central Wheat belt region of Western Australia, where it is found on a small number of granite outcrops, but it’s too good not to have one in your own garden no matter how small.

I’ve seen it do well in pots for a great many years.



Eucalyptus caesia and E. caesia 'Silver Princess" are both small but spectacular feature trees in residential gardens and sometimes as a street tree.
Both eucalypts have dark brown bark which peels in curling strips to show a pale undersurface and has deep green leaves that looked like they’re coated with a whitish bloom.

The beautiful pinky-red flowers in winter and spring are big for a eucalypt.
Flowers are followed by large "gumnuts" about 3cm in diameter.

Eucalyptus caesia grows to about 6-9 m high.
Eucalyptus caesia 'Silver Princess"  grows to 5 metres in height.
Apart from the eye candy this tree has, it’s also very useful as a food source and nesting site for birds.

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