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Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Planted a lovely specimen about 2 years ago and it was about a metre tall .... Loved it for its silvery look, long thin trunk and lovely rounded leaves - and evergreen so great for screening . We have clay soil and I was pleased at it growing so quickly - it now stands happily above the 6 ft fence and is serving its purpose. Now the in laws pipe up saying they're concerned for our house- saying the roots will damage our foundations .... The trunk is probably 3 / 4 inches diameter ... I've tried researching and typically everyone has different opinions - but - generally speaking what I've read so far is bad news for the tree ...... Please , what should I do ? Thank you !!


  • AWBAWB Posts: 421

    Far too close to the house.they become huge, cause problems, it should be removed can prune them for the new foliage each year buton balance remove.Ispeak from experience, very expensive to remove and the timber no good for the fire.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Couldn't agree more. The roots will pillage your foundations. They can wreak havoc with drains and sewerage pipes too.

  • GemboGembo Posts: 10
    Gosh does sound serious

    Thanks guys

    I haven't read anything to the contrary so think my poor tree is a gonna image
  • GemboGembo Posts: 10
    .... On the back of that I could do with ideas for replacements !

    I have a large flower bed in it which needs to be filled ... It's against the neighbours fence and on the opposite side if the garden we have a conifer tree arrangement which is doing really well

    Low maintenance / seasonal change and any evergreen ideas would be good

    Our garden is fairly square , say 10 metres by 11 metres with neighbours I'd like to be screened from at the bottom of the garden and side ! 6 ft fencing to 2 sides - the walled side has the conifer bed , I like that side it feels complete ...

    With these factors and a clay soil - oh and south facing ., any help ?

    P.s . I'll get the hubby onto removing the eucalyptus

  • Val40Val40 Posts: 1,377

    Gembo, my own experience of a eucalyptus tree is the total opposite of other posters.  They only become huge if you don't prune them. Have one about 8 metres from house which has been there for 15 years or more.  Keep it to about 6ft and it has caused no problems whatsoever.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    It depends on the variety. There are many, many hundreds of them, including small varieties that don't get beyond about 6 feet fully mature. The growth rate of Gembo's suggests it's not one of the small ones.

    Any idea of the variety, Gembo?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,472

    We seem obsessed with this "No planting a tree near a house". If the house is on a concrete raft, as most new houses are, then the roots will not penetrate. On heavy clay a big tree will suck a lot of water out  of the soil and cause shrinkage of the clay,but if it is on sandy soil it is less likely.

    I have spent a lot of time in Australia,and they use eucalyptus as  street trees all the time. They don't seem to have a problem, but they are mainly sandy soils.

    The most common eucalypt in this country is E. gunnii. This responds well to being pruned down low each year, forming a nice bush with round decorative leaves.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Yes, I noticed that when I was in Sydney earlier this year.  Every house had trees for shade planted right up against the house.  I think the drains are more vulnerable than the foundations. And many roads had trees planted along them for shade too .

    But it is best practice not to plant nearer the house than the eventual height of the mature tree.

  • Val40Val40 Posts: 1,377

    I don't profess to knowing much about gardening but, as you say FB, kept prunned the Eucalyptus is a really nice tree to have. I love the backdrop it gives. It still has the small rounded leaves as I cut it to 6ft every year.  Actually, it's only 4ft at the moment as son went to town on it!  Was a small bush when I bought it. Oh, and I have clay soil! 

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