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This is an Australian native that is now grown around the world partially due to its popularity with florists. The Argyle apple, also known as Mealy stringybark and Silver dollar tree, is a broadleaf evergreen that will grow as a single trunk tree to 60 feet tall in Australia, though in cultivation it is seen more often at 20 to 30 feet. Since it's tropical, that has a great deal to do with its ultimate size. In cool temperate areas it may freeze back to the ground and re-sprout in spring. And some prefer to grow it strictly for this sprouting foliage and will keep it coppiced. It has not particularly significant White flowers that appear in mid spring to early summer. The bark is reddish-brown and peeling and is quite attractive. But its strongest point is its juvenile foliage which consists of opposite, rounded, silvery bluish-green leaves up to 2 inches long, resembling large coins, hence its North American common name of silver dollar tree. This foliage is not only beautifully shaped and colored but highly aromatic. On larger trees the mature leaves will develop which are stalked and more lance-shaped.

In cold winter areas like the upper United States and southern Canada, Argyle apple can be grown as an annual shrub from seed and will rapidly reach 4 to 8 feet tall by mid-summer. It also adapts well to pot culture so that it can be brought indoors. But in warmer areas it will develop as a small to medium evergreen of spreading, sometimes weeping form.

Argyle apple is tough and adaptable and not particular about soil and has some drought tolerance.

Argyle apple

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