How to Grow Eucalyptus Trees

Overview

Eucalyptus trees can grow as high as 230 feet, although some varieties remain very small, resembling shrubs. With over 600 species, eucalyptus trees thrive in a variety of regions, from swampy lowlands to mountain vistas. They tolerate temperatures between 15 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Like other types of hardwood trees, eucalyptus trees provide wood for fuel, furniture and crafts. Eucalyptus oil supplies a useful ingredient in many cold remedies and skin treatments. It is not difficult to enhance your landscape with one of these interesting specimens.

Step 1

Plant your eucalyptus trees in a sunny location. Select a level area that provides protection from strong winds. Avoid planting eucalyptus trees in low areas where cold air settles or areas where there is frequent flooding.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for your eucalyptus trees. Although these trees survive in a variety of soil conditions, give your tree the best soil composition for maximum health. Eucalyptus trees prefer well-drained, loamy soils. Add compost to loosen hard soils and provide porosity to sandy soils. Mix the compost into the soil with a garden shovel or rototiller.

Step 3

Plant your trees in the prepared soil. Make the holes at least twice the width of the root balls. Make the holes deep enough so that the tops of the root balls are even with the soil. Replace the soil around the roots and gently press the soil down to create a level area. Water the trees well immediately after planting to provide moisture near the roots.

Step 4

Water your eucalyptus trees often enough to keep the soil near the roots slightly damp at all times. For the first season, they will need a good soaking once or twice a week. Water less frequently as the trees mature, but do not let the soil dry out near the roots during times of drought.

Step 5

Remove the weeds near your new eucalyptus trees. Weeds tend to compete with these young trees for soil nutrients and may also block the light.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Rototiller
  • Water

References

  • California State University: The Eucalyptus of California
  • University of Maryland: Eucalyptus
  • Arbor Day Foundation: How to Plant a Containerized Tree
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