Eucalyptus Tree Care

The eucalyptus tree is a fast-growing aromatic tree that produces dusty blue-green leaves. It is also an evergreen, so it keeps its foliage year-round. The aroma from the eucalyptus tree repels fleas and ticks from the yard. The tree is not poisonous to pets.

Since the eucalyptus tree is drought tolerant, it does well in the southern climates. Though it will grow just about anywhere, it does best in zones 8 to 11. This tree will grow in partial to full sun, but should have at least five to six hours of good sunlight each day.

Eucalyptus Tree Care
Depending on the cultivar, a eucalyptus tree can grow upwards of 80 feet or more. Look for detailed information on the cultivar when you buy eucalyptus trees, and ask your nursery about the growth habits of different varieties.

All eucalyptus are fast growing, so care should be taken when choosing a site. Make sure you choose a spot where the roots will not interfere with underground lines, water lines and sewage lines. The oil in the eucalyptus leaves is flammable, so you should not plant these trees near places where you have an open fire or use a charcoal grill. The leaves burn easily, but the bark on the tree is quite hard. This protects the tree from fires. Soon after a fire, new buds will start to grow on the tree.

Most eucalyptus cultivars have a shallow root system, so they should be planted in an area protected from high winds.

To plant a eucalyptus tree, dig a planting hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the soil in the container. Scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork or shovel. Center the eucalyptus tree in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Create a watering ring around the perimeter of the planting hole. The watering ring will help conserve water and will also direct water to the outer roots of the tree. Mulch with compost or pulverized bark and water well.

Eucalyptus is a hardy tree and will probably not need much in the way of fertilizing, but prior to planting, you should do a soil test to make sure the soil has the proper nutrients. If not, choose a different spot or amend the soil. Once the tree becomes established, you can fertilize once every three years with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer, as needed. 

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