Can Eucalyptus cinerea grow in a container or a small area? - Knowledgebase Question

Carlsbad, CA
Question by cindym0711
February 20, 2006
I love the Eucalyptus cinerea tree and wonder how one would do in either a container on a northwest-facing deck, or in the ground in a small northwest-facing area near an eastern wall? If the Eucalyptus cinerea is not a good choice for either of these areas, can you recommend trees that are fast-growing, good screens and provide shade? Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 2006

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Eucalyptus is attractive in youth but grows into quite a large tree. It isn't suitable for container growth nor will it be happy in anything less than full sunshine. I'd suggest a flowering cherry (deciduous) for fast growth or the evergreen Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana). Both will grow in the situation you describe.

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