Growing Eucalyptus - Knowledgebase Question

Hensley, AR
Question by pnienaber7
June 3, 1998
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?


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Answer from NGA
June 3, 1998

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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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