The Q&A Archives: Eucalyptus Tree

Question: I planted a eucalyptus tree last spring and it is growing very well. However, it is growing low to the ground -- out instead of up. It has one main branch growing mainly up, but the other is growing low to the ground. What can I do to train it to grow more upright? Does it need to be pruned, or staked up in some way?

Answer: The wood on a eucalyptus tree is quite pliable in youth so your little tree can benefit from being staked upright for a year or two. Use three stakes, equally spaced around the trunk and tie it with three separate ties so there is equal tension on all three stakes. Use a soft material that gives slightly so you don't scar the trunk and be sure to check the ties every month or two to make sure they're not digging into the bark of the trunk. The bark should become rigid enough to hold the tree upright in a year or two and you can permanently remove the stakes once that happens.

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