Return to the Arizona Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Eucalyptus trees

Posted by RachelR z9 PHX-Maricopa (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 16, 05 at 16:56

Hi folks,

I made an impulse purchase a few weeks ago. A eucalyptus tree from Home Depot. I recall some of the details of the little tag thingy that came with it (and blew away last week), but I don't know scientific or common name. I do know that it claimed to get huge, like full sun and not need a lot of water (let me know if this is totally off). I figure I should at the very least know more detailed requirements *before* I plant it.

So, can anyone tell me the common varieties, and how to tell them apart? Right now the tree has rounder leaves, but from what I read, it sounds like all varieties have round leaves when young.

I'm just trying to figure where I should plant it, and how I should care for it.

Thanks so much!
-Rachel


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

If it's one of the types that grow large, don't plant it within 20 feet or more of anything. That includes your house, a walk, another tree, a pool, etc. The roots will bust concrete, it will drop leaves, seed pods, and probably bark, all over everything. If it's the kind with brittle branches, it will drop huge limbs on things which shouldn't have huge limbs dropped on them. What I'm saying is don't plant a large-growing euc on a city lot. If you live out somewhere that it can grow and litter, then fine, otherwise, re-home it and get a more suitable tree. We just paid $2800 to get one removed from our yard. Other problems aside, it was costing about $500 every couple of years to keep it trimmed.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Ditto, Judy's comments. Take the danged thing back to HD and get another tree! These are royal PITAs.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Take it back!

There are some small, non-messy species of eucalyptus, but nameless things from HD aren't them.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Although the E. papuanas are pretty cool - they are very big, with snow white trunks. They are low-litter and don't drop branches either. They're used pretty extensively in parks and on the freeways - and cities and ADOT don't deal well with either of those problems, so I have some backup.

That being said, (and as the disclaimer goes, this is my opinion and not to be confused with any statement of fact or anything otherwise) I wouldn't plant a tree that I wasn't familiar with and I wouldn't count on Home Depot to even have the right tags on it anyway. You might want to return it.

Good luck, hope this helps!


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

The big, gigantic Eucs that you see around older parts of Phoenix are actually really hard to even find at nurseries nowdays and I would be very, very suprised if they would have them at home depot. Unless you go to the nurseries that have extensive Euc. selection such as Bakers or that guy out in Tonopah it hard to find many Euc. species offered. The two varieties you see 99% of the time at home depot are the Coolibah and Silver Dollar-both excellent trees for our area. Neither grow to be monster trees that require lots of prunning. With the round leaves described I almost positive the tree you have is the Silver Dollar (Eucalyptus polyemthamos sp?). The leaves are about the size of a silver dollar and may have reddish stems. This grows to be a moderate sized tree that is extremely drought resistant, doesn't have problems with wind damage and has a lovely natural shape. Keep the tree and enjoy it. There are lots of Eucs that do very well here in the low desert but unfortunatly most people associate the word Eucalyptus with the giant, messy trees you see in older parts of town destroying sidewalks and dropping branches everywhere. Many varieties are being tested with lots of success. Keep in mind that much of Australia-where Eucs are native too-is covered in desert that is as harsh or sometimes hotter and drier than what we have here in AZ and Eucs thrive.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

We had an E. polyanthemos that we had removed. It was a limb dropper. When the latest limb just missed our car, we decided not to keep pushing our luck. It also had had the top blown out at one time. We also have a Coolibah and it is huge and exceedingly messy. Neither one of these trees is a good city tree, in my opinion based on my experience with them. The coolibah is not as brittle as some others but is a messy, messy, messy tree.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

  • Posted by RachelR z9 PHX-Maricopa (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 20, 05 at 13:18

Thanks for all the answers!!

Yes AZAmigo, it looks like a polyanthemos. The tree itself (trunk and larger branches) is green right now. I took some pictures over the weekend that I'll post tonight, just to make sure.

If it is a PITA tree, I'll return it, but I'll start reading up on the polyanthemos now. Thank you!


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

  • Posted by RachelR z9 PHX-Maricopa (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 20, 05 at 23:19

Here're the pics.. I'm pretty sure it is a Silver Dollar Gum (but please correct me if I'm wrong) ..Now I just need to figure out if I want to keep it. Thanks!!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Image hosted by Photobucket.com


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

If you've got lots of room, keep it, they're pretty trees. If you don't have room for a limb to fall and not hit something important (and they don't always fall straight down, if they hit right they can pivot and fall even farther out), get rid of it and get a less brittle tree. I looked up info on the net and none said that E. polanthemos was brittle, but it IS. No storm necessary - limbs just get too heavy and drop. It can be very dangerous. They grow fast so can get to the limb-dropping stage before you realize it. There's better urban trees than this one, try another. :-)


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

  • Posted by RachelR z9 PHX-Maricopa (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 21, 05 at 15:09

Yeah, nothing I saw specifically said brittle or limb-dropping, either, but I don't really have room to take the chance. :( Guess I'm returning it.

That's what I get for not researching it *before* the purchase, I guess.. hehe.

Thanks so much!


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Yup! DITCH IT!
Tree


 o
Seeking Eucalyptus tree info.

Hi:
I planted a Silver Dollar Eucalyptus on 7-5-86 after finding it lying by the side of a road. (About 3' tall.) It is now over 30' high and shades the house during our hot summers. Recently I have noticed some small branches without leaves and a few branches with curled up leaves that look like they need ironing. I would really hate to lose this tree. Would anyone out there know if I have a problem? I'm used to branches breaking off and the scattered bark. There are no roots showing and no concrete to crack. Thanking you in advance,
Ric...


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Does anyone have a mature Silver Dollar Eucalyptus tree that has very small branches growing out of it's trunk? Should I let them grow? Their about 18" from the ground, one on each side of the tree. The tree is about 40' high. Will they root in a glass of water? :-)


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Norwood1081:
I believe the small branches you are describing are called feeders. You definitely want to cut them. If i recall correctly feeders compromise the strength and form of the tree. I have 2 of these trees they are beautiful but they are messy and require a lot of pruning each season.


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Hello,

My husband and I bought a Silver Dollar Eucalyptus tree and planted it in our yard last July. It started growing immediately, and had been flourishing up until the past month. It probably grew about 2-3 feet from the time we planted it last year, but it has started losing its original leaves. It's still sprouting and growing the new spring leaves at the top, but it has lost almost all of the bottom leaves.

Is this normal? I'm afraid that we're doing something wrong, and I really don't want to lose this tree...it's absolutely beautiful.

Any advice? Thanks in advance!


 o
RE: Eucalyptus trees

Anyone know whether cider gum eucalyptus will grow here and whether it has brittle branches?


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Arizona Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here