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Learn More about Eucalyptus Trees
Gardeners prize eucalyptus plants for their mentholated smell and unusually-shaped, silvery-green leaves. The Australian plant’s branches add a whimsical flair to outdoor landscaping, and they can also be planted inside or outdoors in containers.
The Silver Dollar Eucalyptus provides a unique bluish-silver color to your backyard, while the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree has a trunk that peels back to reveal orange, red, purple, pink, and even blue hues.
Benefits of Eucalyptus
This favorite plant of the koala bear offers many benefits. Medicinal and herbal gardeners use its leaves to create herbal remedies or essential oils, especially those that promote respiratory health. Others use trimmings from the plant to decorate their homes, or use in flower bouquets. One idea? Tie the cuttings in a bundle to hang in their shower, allowing steam to release the signature eucalyptus scent!
Eucalyptus is also easy to grow and quite adaptable. Outdoors, the tree grows quickly, adding six to eight feet per year and reaching a mature height of about 30 feet. Other gardeners prefer it in its shrub from, so they plant it in a container.
In addition to being so adaptable, the eucalyptus plant is also easy to care for. Not only does it resist pests and disease - it can also persist through dry conditions. Even deer don’t like it!
Choosing a Eucalyptus Plant or Tree
Eucalyptus does not thrive in cold climates, so it does best in parts of the country that don’t get colder than 10 degrees in the winter (for most eucalyptus plants, growing zones 7-11).
The plant or tree thrives in humid, warm conditions, like in its native Australia. If you do plant the eucalyptus in a container outdoors, it’s a good idea to bring it inside during long stretches of colder weather. Inside, you can mist your plant or grow it in one of your warmest rooms.
If you have small animals, especially dogs, you may want to steer clear of the eucalyptus, or at least keep it out of reach. The plant’s oils are harmful to your pet’s gastrointestinal system and can cause problems like weakness, vomiting and seizures.
How to Plant Eucalyptus
When deciding where to plant your eucalyptus, you first want to identify a location that gets full sun, or at least eight hours of sunlight. Indoors, make sure you position your container near a sunny window.
Additionally, choose a spot in your yard that drains well. While the eucalyptus appreciates moist soil, it doesn’t do well in standing water. The same is true in choosing a pot.
If you do plant outdoors, make sure that you identify a spot that can accommodate the eucalyptus’ large mature size.
How to Care for Eucalyptus
Planted outdoors, the eucalyptus plant virtually cares for itself.
Gardeners prize eucalyptus plants for their mentholated smell and unusually-shaped, silvery-green leaves. The Australian plant’s branches add a whimsical flair to any outdoor landscaping and can also be planted in or outdoors in containers. The Silver Dollar Eucalyptus provides a unique bluish-silver color to your backyard, while the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree has a trunk that peels back to reveal orange, red, purple, pink, or even blue hues.
Add Something Different to Your Plant Collection
A eucalyptus plant or tree adds a unique look to your indoor and outdoor plants. With its unusual leaves and distinctive smell, it’s a remarkable addition to other greenery or flower beds. If you’re ready to explore eucalyptus varieties, consider our carefully curated options today!