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Eucalyptus tree not growing straight. Help!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:56

It really depends on the type of Eucalyptus but assuming it's the dreaded Gunnii, you can certainly cut it all back or do half and half alternate years. Obviously cut randomly to achieve a pleasing aesthetic. 

The thing to remember with coppicing is that the tree's rejuvenation requires a period of loss, the idea being to force new growth and is ideal for Gunnii given that it grows very fast, but you will be creating a gap in you border for some part of the growing season. 


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:35

OMG Clari, that sounds horrendous! 

On a lighter note, I just saw a juvenile Sparrowhawk /Kestrel in my garden! ! !

OMG I'm so excited.  I heard it's high pitched trill and saw it land on the roof next door with a mind to raid the sparrow nests in the guttering like the magpies do. It was a sandy colour with a pale chest, yellow feet and markings on its tail. 

It flew off empty beaked but gave a passing pigeon a fright right across the back of my house 

Eucalyptus tree not growing straight. Help!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:40

 Just two years growth 

Eucalyptus tree not growing straight. Help!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:34

As I already said sunsetinrio, you can control shape and form through coppicing 

If there are two stems, cut one this year and the other next so you always have some foliage. It will most likely throw up a lot of new stems from the cut edge once it starts it's growth cycle again to compensate and also remember that as it ages it will get considerably thicker in the stem. I'll try to post some growth pictures of mine so you have an idea

I cut mine in early spring and it actively grows through summer autumn and winter. 


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:01

Wonky, how did you manage a  visit to the vets, let alone Flatface's emasculation? 

I am correct in my knowledge that he's not yours 

Did you pay for it?

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:27

Fairy, I love the last pic, with artistic merit  (I see how you framed the pic with the scabious )

Pdoc,  so in love with that broom?  It's gorgeous in that situation 

Super inspirational pics from everyone 

Buying things in the bargain section of the garden centre...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:20

A skirt or pair of trousers would be awesome in the style of WillDB's bargain 

Eucalyptus tree not growing straight. Help!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:13

Remember, if you want to coppice, you can still have height by leaving a couple of foot at the base instead of cutting it right back to ground level. It will keep them under control because they really are fast growers, mine put on several feet in its first year and more the following. 

Alternatively, cut one trunk the first year and alternate thereafter to keep some foliage early in the year. These sleep in early spring although they never truly have a dormancy 

Right plant for the right place 

Eucalyptus tree not growing straight. Help!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 16:12

What type of Eucalyptus is it?  They grow huge if you leave them to it but yours look closely planted. 

I have two different types, E. Pauciflora nipophila and E. Gunnii. The latter is pollarded in early spring or else it would grow to 80ft 


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 15:08

I followed chicky to the GC looking for Salvia lyciodes but they didn't have any, two Canna tropicana Black stuck to my bag instead, I didn't notice until I got home 

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