How to Harvest Eucalyptus Trees

Overview

Eucalyptus trees grow to over 200-feet tall, have various shaped leaves, from the size and shape of a silver dollar, to narrow and elongated, growing to 6 inches. Home gardens more often have the smaller size trees such as the money tree or the silver dollar tree. Put your Eucalyptus tree to work by harvesting the wood, leaves, bark and branches. The wood burns well. The leaves and bark are highly fragrant. Use the preserved branches in floral arrangements.

Branches

Step 1

Cut the branch with a sharp knife as close to the supporting branch as possible. The cut should be straight and flush with the supporting branch. Use a saw for a bigger branch.

Step 2

Place the cut end of the branch in a solution of half glycerin and half hot water. The tree will wick up the solution. The glycerin keeps the leaves pliable.

Step 3

Add additional glycerin solution until the branch is pliable.

Leaves and Bark

Step 1

Prune off twigs that have lots of leaves which are mature but not starting to fade.

Step 2

Cut off the leaves one by one from the twigs. Use for potpourri, as scent for a closet when placed in a mesh bag, or in the bath for a spa treatment.

Step 3

Wait for the tree to start shedding its bark. Look for it to start curling back.

Step 4

Strip off the curling bark with your fingers. It should come off by itself. If not, cut the attached bark with a sharp knife or scissors.

Wood

Step 1

Prune during the hot summer months. Eucalyptus trees grow quickly. If you want to keep them on the smaller side, it's necessary to prune them.

Step 2

Make cuts flush with the supporting branch.

Step 3

Pollard the tree to encourage it to stay shorter and full. Pollard means cutting all the branches back to three or five main branches. The tree will grow bushy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't prune in late summer or early fall. The tree will throw out new growth which will be burnt by colder weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw
  • Knife
  • Clippers

References

  • Gardening Know How: Eucalyptus Pruning
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