Eucalyptus Tree Care
Eucalyptus trees are well known for their rapid growth, which can quickly become unmanageable if left unpruned. Pruning eucalyptus not only makes these trees easier to maintain, but it also can reduce the amount of leaf litter and improve their overall appearance and especially safety.
Eucalyptus trees are native to the semi-arid Australian continent and have a reputation of being a brittle dangerous tree. This reputation is unfortunately true. However the reason for this is actually quite preventable.
Proper pruning of young eucalyptus...
is critical to establish a strong structural foundation.
The growth characteristics common on many tree species, especially eucalyptus is to produce limbs that parallel each other. When this occurs, wind gusts eventually cause weakening of the limb union and the limbs will separate from each other similar to a wishbone. Proper limb orientation should be encouraged from early in the trees life. Generally, the closer the limb unions are to a 90º angle to each other, the better. Most species of pine trees for example naturally have a single stem or trunk with each limb protruding at about a 90º angle. Pines almost never have a limb failure. Paying attention to this is what we do.
In fact, this tree can make an attractive addition with interesting bark and foliage, beautiful flowers, and nice fragrance. They do especially well in areas that mimic their native environment. Most of these trees are rapid growers, reaching heights of 100 feet or more with approximately 60 percent of their growth established within the first ten years.
Here is a before and after picture of a large tree.
When to Trim Eucalyptus
While many people assume fall to early spring is an appropriate time for eucalyptus trimming, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, pruning too near the onset of cold weather or post freezing temperatures can trigger die back and encourage disease. The best time for pruning eucalyptus is during the heat of summer. Although some bleeding of sap may occur, these trees actually heal quicker in hot weather. For large wounds, however, applying a wound dressing may be necessary after cutting to prevent infection. Be prepared for summer monsoon storms by getting an estimate to thin the canopy of your eucalyptus tree to allow winds to pass through easily.
Eucalyptus Tree Removal - Eucalyptus removal can be a quite a task. Some trees, especially the older trees can grow very large with multiple leads up to 24" in diameter. Even the root structure of these large trees can cause structural damage to buildings and hardscape. These trees require professionals to surgically disassemble safely.
We know how.
Contact us through our website or call 602-285-0285 if you have any questions.
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