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Eucalyptus problem - red spotty leaves

Kty2Kty2 Posts: 10
Hiya,
I dont know what is going on with this smallish Eucalyptus tree in my garden. It was planted, I think, 5+ years back by the previous owners of our house. Any suggestions on what is this and I could do? It seems to have spread from the bottom most branch upwards.

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  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 609
    That looks like the old growth dying off. Unless it's a problem for all the leaves I would just consider it normal for a tree. Evergreen trees leaves don't last forever and with eucalyptus wanting to grow upwards, they shed their lower foliage as they go. If you want them to stay bushy from the bottom you really need to hard prune them down to where you would like the leaves to start. 
  • Kty2Kty2 Posts: 10
    :) thank you. No it is ok, I was just worried. Think the tree is like 3-3.5 meters  tall and thinnish trunk. There was branch which was starting like 0.5 m above the ground which was showing quite a few such leaves last autumn. Didnt think much of it, but tied the branch to the trunk and bringing it closer. Now its leaves were touching the leaves of the branches further up... This summer I noticed that most of the leaves of this branch had turned red and yellow with spots and the other lower branches were also turning, so that spooked me a bit, thought its some infection spreading!
  • Kty2Kty2 Posts: 10
     If you want them to stay bushy from the bottom you really need to hard prune them down to where you would like the leaves to start. 
    How hard can they be pruned?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,227
    edited 25 July
    You can prune  it down to about a foot (30 cm). I would do it in winter as you don't want soft new growth going into winter.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Kty2Kty2 Posts: 10
    thank you. :)
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