The Q&A Archives: Growing Eucalyptus

Question: What are the conditions required for growing Eucalyptus (soil, shade, sun, hardy, wet, dry, etc.)? How big do they grow, and are they indoor or outdoor plants?

Answer: Eucalyptus is a large genera of many species including E. neglecta, E. nova-angelica, E. camphora, E. citriodora, and E. camaldulensis. Native to southeast Asia and Australia, these plants love full sun and a porous, well-drained soil.

Their hardiness would be a limiting factor for their use as a landscape plant in your area. They are marginally hardy to zone 8, and only the southernmost parts of Arkansas are included in this zone. Even in zone 8 they will suffer considerable winter damage in some years.

You could try to grow one in a container such as a half whiskey barrel. It would need to be brought in during the winter, which might be a bit to cumbersome.

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