Eucalyptus pulverulenta ‘Baby Blue’

florist silver dollar
Silver dollar leaves are ‘skewered’ on thin branches. Florists’ foliage filler. Cream flowers in fall & spring. Sprawling shrub, prune to keep tidy.
Eucalyptus pulverulenta 'Baby Blue'
height 9–20ft
width 10–20ft
tolerates Cold, Drought, Pots, Wind
Low – Moderate
exposure Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Planting Mix, In Pots: Potting Soil, Tolerates Heavy Soil, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin SE Australia
5, 6, 8–24

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

While many eucalyptus have similar juvenile leaves, this tree keeps its attractive, glaucous blue leaves into maturity. A waxy coating on leaves helps them hold onto moisture, making them a long last cut foliage favorite. Leaves also have a high menthol fragrance.
Wide, erratic branching pattern makes for interesting mature specimens. Prune early to develop the desired structure. Alternate pruning a branch in one direction and then in the next to create a zig zag pattern in the branches. This plant can also be forced into a more treelike (though wide) form by pruning up the lower branches early on and then thinning out the interior of the plant once mature.
While this shrub will survive some shade its dusty silver leaves are most dramatic in the sun.
Creamy white flowers in fall and spring.
Since this plant has a lignotuber (swollen underground root) it is likely to regrow from even more extreme cold than noted here (in the sunset zones and hardiness.) Typically plants with lignotubers will also regrow from devastating fire damage.

Special Interest

The species name pulverulenta is a throwback to the Latin ‘pulveratus’ meaning ‘powdered’ and referring to the dusted leaves of this plant.