Eucalyptus Plant in Cold Climate
Eucalyptus Plant in our garden grows very fast; and it can give you endless everlasting and beautiful herbal leaves.
Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider Gum) is originally from Australia.
It is a small tree with a smooth bark; and it is a partial winter-hard dwarf evergreen tree.
We bought the above dwarf Eucalyptus in the year end 2005; together with five yellow Primroses; one small Japanese Azalea tree; three white and one pink Hellebore late winter flowers; from an online garden shop; when we were designing our care free garden at our front door; which is located at the East.
This small tree was 35 cm (about 14 inches) in height; a bare-root branch in December 2005, and soon it became a giant.
Growing Eucalyptus Plant's Benefits
- Fresh leaf shoots can be used in a fresh flower bouquet
- Aromatic foliages can help to purify the air surrounded you
- Dried leaves placed in an organic cotton bag under your pillow, can help you to sleep smoothly throughout the entire night
- The leaves can help to keep the mosquito away
- The silvery green leaves can be used in your pot-pourri
- Essential oil can be extracted from the leaves and the terminal branch-lets
- It can go over 2 meters tall if you preferred
Any kind of well drainage soil
Cover with the cocoa shells and provide a plastic ring
Eucalyptus Plant's Performance
- The tender plant was staked with a few bamboo sticks right from the beginning in April 2006 (picture 1).
- The plant was one year old from start (picture 2).
- The plant expanded into a dwarf tree (picture 3&4).
- The side shoots and the top leaves were bushy (picture 5).
- The leaves were rounded and tender when they were young (picture 6).
- The tree was growing under the snow in December 2007 (picture 7) and all the leaves turned into long and narrow shape; when the plant is matured in 20 months time.
- The tree was over 1500cm tall; and the tree top has started to develop in February 2008 (picture 8).
- The Eucalyptus became a giant and the smooth bark turned into red on 24-6-2008 (picture 10&11).
- The strong 1.5 meter tall evergreen herb tree met the heavy winter snow on 23-11-2008 (picture 12).
- The 2500cm tall healthy grown tree was surrounded with plentiful of Hellebore flowers and the block of box hedge from January to September 2009 (picture 13 to 16).
- The tree top became very wild under the strong wind; and the organic growth continued in October 2009 (picture 17&19).
- The whole branch changed into deep red colour in November 2009 (picture 20).
- The four year old Eucalyptus tree was destroyed by the minus 20°C deep winter frost in March 2010 (below picture 21 to 24).
We harvest the leaves once every year in the month of June (picture 9); or when they are too crowded (picture 18).
We prune the top branch a little every year, so that, it will remain at 2 meter in height.
I hope I can grow it again at a different location; and try some cuttings in the very near future.
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