I recently hosted a dinner party and used eucalyptus in a signature cocktail.
And using just the “Silver-dollar” leaves, intertwined with subtle florals, created a simple yet elegant and very organic and “green feeling” tablescape, placed down the center of the community table that seated the 42 guests.
I’ve found inspiration from The top designer in Nashville & used it as garnish/decoration and also re-created small bouquets in patina’d tin cans & on charcuterie boards, like my friend Bruce’s designs below.
I also used the small pods and chamomile flowers & incorporated slender blue spruce branches. It got so many compliments that I felt like I needed to do some more research about it…
Silver dollar eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus cinerea), also known as Silver Dollar Gum, are fast-growing evergreen trees native to Australia that produce fragrant silver dollar-shaped leaves. They’re often grown as container plants or used for shade, windbreaks and accent trees. They also can be trained as shrubs. They prefer sandy, well-drained acidic soil, moderate moisture and full sunlight. They grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11 and require minimal care.
Outside, eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus spp.) grow to 60 feet tall and those half-moon-shaped leaves flutter in the breeze. They are tall evergreen trees with aromatic leaves. But the tree grows well indoors too. Potted eucalyptus trees can be grown as container perennials until they get so big that they must be planted in the backyard or donated to a park. Eucalyptus houseplants grow so fast that they can be grown as annuals. Grown from seed planted in the spring, the trees will rise to 8 feet high in one season.