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Cider Gum
Cider Gum

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This species is noted for exceptional cold tolerance for a eucalyptus (to 14 °C, exceptionally 20°C for brief periods) and is now commonly planted as an ornamental tree across the British Isles and some parts of western Europe. Fast-growing, it will produce a tree up to 37m (121ft) tall when mature, with growth rates of up to 1.5m (4ft 11in) per year. To keep the tree as a small shrub it can be pruned or plant in shaded spot to restrict growth. It does not grow well on sandy/chalky soils or very wet sites. The foliage will change as the tree matures from a round leaf of waxy blue colour to a more elongated rich green foliage in the older tree but if maintained through pruning as a shrub the juvenile foliage will be retained.

Comments Warnings : Cider Gum, as it is so popularly called, produces a sweet sap similar to maple syrup which was used by the Australian aborigines. It was also collected and stored (today bottled and capped) and the fermented liquid made into a cider, which tastes very similar to apple cider.