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How to encourage Eucalyptus to branch out

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Good morning all.

im hoping someone may be able to share some wisdom.

it is quite hard to see in the photo but maybe with the help of zoom you will be able to see the tall very spindly Eucalyptus tree.

My question is, if there’s is any type of pruning I can do to encourage some branching out. It’s very sparse and looks a bit pathetic really.

i don’t think it’s in the best spot as a little shady from surrounding trees and at one of the lower points in the garden probably is a bit wet for its liking.

However I was hoping some pruning may encourage growth but any advice would be grateful.

Andy

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,532

    Cut it back as much as you like. Even if you leave just 6" of trunk out of the ground, it'll soon shoot up.
    In the position yours is in where it's struggling for light, just chop it back to where you would like it. It'll then send out masses of shoots. You can trim off the ones you don't want and let 3-4 shoots develop into proper branches.

    Last edited: 19 January 2018 12:52:43

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  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 59

    Great thanks Pete. Is now a good time to do this while the tree is dormant or should I wait until spring fully arrives?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,532

    Yup - now is a good time Andy, before it wakes up in the spring

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  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 59

    Thanks for the info Pete I’ll give it a go and see how it reacts.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,532

    Once established they're very tough trees Andy.
    The one in my garden a few years ago seemed almost invincible. The more I hacked off, the faster it grew.
    Cost me £1.99 to buy and £1100 to get it removed 25yrs later and I've still got a 5ft round stump very slowly rotting

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 59

    That’s quite a price comparison there Pete. Will definitely bare that in mind

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