Eucalyptus gunnii - to stake or not to stake?
This is my first time posting, so please be kind.
I just bought a young Eucalyptus gunnii (off Gumtree, fittingly) and planted it this weekend. It is around 75 cm base to tip. I read that it makes sense to try to plant them as young as possible to help them establish well. My garden had nothing in it and seemed like it should be sheltered (it is small, backed by a massive side wall of a house at the back and with fences either side. But now that there are actual plants in the ground, it's clear that it's actually quite a breezy plot.
Anyway, the Eucalyptus looks very floppy and I wanted to ask everyone's advice on whether or not to stake it and (if so) precisely how. This is its default position and (from only brief observations) it seems like most of the wind would come from a direction that would exacerbate this leaning:
I have read a lot on this over the last couple of days and the consensus seems to be not to stake them, in order to allow them to develop strong trunks. But some advise placing a short fat stake at a distance (1-3 feet) and using a fabric band quite low down on the trunk to prevent severe lean. I know you can end up coppicing them to train them as bushes, but I wanted this as a tree (ideally with a straight trunk!), which I would then keep to a sensible height.
So, I guess my question is for all you more experienced gardeners, is the degree of lean/floppiness on this unusual (and therefore, should I stake it, and if so, how); or is this normal enough and I should just let it get on growing and stop wasting everyone's time on gardening forums?
I would really appreciate any advice, so thanks in advance.