Eucalyptus Tree

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  1. Eucalyptus Pruning
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  3. Eucalyptus Treatment
  4. Leaves Curling Up
  5. Eucalyptus Trees in Wet Ground
  6. Root System of Eucalyptus Tree
  7. Eucalytus Tree
Asked by Anonymous on November 16, 2010
Eucalyptus Pruning

We have Eucalyptus trees that are about 15 years old and about 25 feet tall. The bottom branches start at about 6 feet from the ground. The trees are a solid mass. How should we have them trimmed? Do the branches need to be thinned out? Should the lowest branches be cut off? The trees are either a slight Y shape or nearly vertical on all sides except at the top and bottom. We live in Long Beach, CA.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will help you with pruning your eucalyptus:
https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=136

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Asked by Anonymous on November 17, 2010
Root Damage

My silver dollar eucalyptus blew completely over in a hurricane wind. I believe it broke some roots but not the trunk. Any ideas on how to help? I don’t know what to do. I had to stand it back up and tie it to get it to stay. I think it only broke on one side. This tree is my baby, almost 18 feet tall in two years.

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roseman

Hello and thank you for your question. So sorry to hear about the damage. However it sounds like you have done the right things so far. Tieing it in place to give it support until the roots get re-established is a fine idea. I would recommend adding some good garden soils mix to the soils on that side of the tree that was uprooted. Mix some super phosphate in with that soil as it will help feed the roots and get them going. If you can get a product called Super Thrive where you are, then mix some of that with water and water your "baby" with that mix every 10 days for three or four cycles. The Super Thrive not only helps with the roots getting re-established but also with the shock factor. I hope all goes well.

Roseman Stan

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Asked by Anonymous on November 19, 2010
Eucalyptus Treatment

We have very large older Eucalyptus trees in our backyard. It is now mid November, and we had the trees trimmed prior to reading that hot weather is the best time to trim these trees. I want to give the trees some type of vitamins or something to prevent them from getting diseases or dying. What can I give them or do to prevent anything from happening to these beautiful trees.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If they are well established, they should be fine. Making sure you are caring for them as best you can is the best thing you can do to help prevent disease from getting in the pruning wounds while they heal. If you have not already read it, here is an article on their general care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/eucalyptus/tips-growing-eucalyptus.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on December 2, 2010
Leaves Curling Up

I just planted four eucalyptus trees and the leaves have started curling up.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is not normal. It may be that the plant has some air pockets around the rootball that were not filled in correctly when the plant was put in the ground. Step firmly around the base of the tree to try to collapse these air pockets. Also, water the plant quite a bit as this can also help to fill air pockets in.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 12, 2011
Eucalyptus Trees in Wet Ground

Knowing that eucalyptus trees take up a lot of water, I was hoping that I could plant trees in areas of our yard that get standing pools for a week or so after particularly heavy rains. Would the lack of drainage kill the trees? Also, we do get down to freezing temps for short periods in winter (in southeastern PA). Are we out of luck here?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you get freezing temperatures, the eucalyptus trees will not survive. But, this article has other trees listed that may suit your needs:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/wet-soil-trees.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on February 6, 2011
Root System of Eucalyptus Tree

I┬áhave a eucalptus tree in my small town garden. I’m very fond of this tree, have topped it but a little more concerned as to whether the root system could cause damage to my foundations.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Eucalyptus roots tend to be shallow compared to other trees, going down about 6-10 feet normally. Therefore, it shouldn't pose much of a threat to your foundation; however, since this type of tree can be quite water hungry, its roots will tend to wander in search of water when not enough moisture is provided (most foundation planting areas are typically drier), which can ultimately lead to issues later unless you can maintain adequate moisture.

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Asked by Julz on March 4, 2011
Eucalytus Tree

My tree used to smell lovely when I first got it. As it has grown it has lost it’s scent. How can I restore it?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Lost scent is often linked to a nutrient deficiency. Have the soil tested and fertilize the plant.

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