How to Plant Eucalyptus Trees

Eucalyptus trees thrive in warm climes and moist soil. image by Pascal Vuylsteker/


Eucalyptus trees are mostly native to Australia. There are over 500 varieties of eucalyptus out there. Eucalyptus trees are only hardy from zone 6 to 11, so they do not do well in overly cold climates. It is best to grow eucalyptus in areas with milder winters. With their unusual silver leaves and interesting flowers, eucalyptus trees make quite a statement in a yard. If you live in a mild climate and want one of these beauties, which can grow up to 300 feet tall, they are easy to plant.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard for your eucalyptus tree. Make sure it is in full sun and has well-drained soil. Eucalyptus trees can handle different varieties of soil, as long as they are well-drained.

Step 2

Choose a young eucalyptus tree from the nursery, one that is only about one to two feet tall. This ensures it has not become root bound in its planter.

Step 3

Plant your eucalyptus tree in the early spring. Water the eucalyptus tree in the planter before you plant it. Dig a hole for the tree an inch or two deeper than the planter, about one to two feet deep and one foot wide. Place the eucalyptus tree in the hole and fill it with soil. Make sure the soil comes an inch or two higher around the trunk than the soil in the planter did.

Step 4

Water your eucalyptus tree about two times a week for 10 minutes each watering until it is a year old. You may have to water more or less, depending on the type of soil you have. Keep the soil around the eucalyptus tree moist.

Step 5

Add mulch to the ground around the eucalyptus tree after it is planted.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not stake eucalyptus trees. This will cause their trunks to be weak and blow over in heavy winds. Eucalyptus leaves are poisonous if eaten.


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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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