FOR SMALLL TREES AND POTS

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - TRAVEL -

1 Eu­ca­lyp­tus ky­bea­nen­sis A good choice for a spec­i­men tree in a smaller gar­den, grown ei­ther as a stan­dard or as a multi-stem. The fo­liage is rem­i­nis­cent of that of an olive tree. Best grown in the ground. Un­pruned height 4m. RHS H5.

2 Eu­ca­lyp­tus ne­glecta Enor­mous, rounded ju­ve­nile leaves, that ma­ture to glossy, bay-like leaves. Happy in any soil in­clud­ing sandy and also wa­ter­logged clays. Fast grow­ing. Grow in bor­der or a large pot. Un­pruned height 6m. RHS H6.

3 Eu­ca­lyp­tus greg­so­ni­ana Much shorter than most Eu­ca­lyp­tus, with a smooth, sil­very and cream bark. The new stems are a cop­pery red and the leaves elon­gated. Best grown in the ground for sta­bil­ity or in a heavy pot. Un­pruned height 5m. RHS H5.

4 Eu­ca­lyp­tus pau­ci­flora subsp. pau­ci­flora This se­lec­tion from Mount Buf­falo, Aus­tralia has oval-shaped, blue-green leaves on coral stems. Needs an­nual prun­ing to cre­ate den­sity if it is grown as a hedge. Tol­er­ates salt winds. Grow in pot or bor­der. Un­pruned height 6m. RHS H6.

5 Eu­ca­lyp­tus gun­nii ‘ France Bleu’ A re­cently in­tro­duced cul­ti­var with bright sil­very-blue fo­liage. It forms a multi-stemmed shrub and needs reg­u­lar prun­ing to keep its com­pact, rounded shape. Grow in a pot or bor­der. Un­pruned height 3-5m. RHS H5.

6 Eu­ca­lyp­tus pau­ci­flora subsp. niphophila ’Mount Bo­gong’ A small tree with an open habit, which looks good grown as a multi-stemmed spec­i­men in a pot. The bark is smooth with a sil­ver and olive colour­ing. Grow in a pot or bor­der. Un­pruned height 5m. RHS H6.

AD­VICE FOR GROW­ING IN POTS

Choose a species or cul­ti­var that lends it­self to pot cul­ti­va­tion, such as a dwarf species or multi-stemmed spec­i­men. Grafton grows its trees in Air-Pot con­tain­ers and rec­om­mends keep­ing your tree in this con­tainer sys­tem for life to en­sure roots re­main ac­tive and healthy. Stand Air-Pots in­side weighty or­na­men­tal con­tain­ers and po­si­tion on a flag­stone to pre­vent root­ing into the ground be­neath. Pot on into next Air-Pot (four times the vol­ume) when ex­ist­ing pot be­comes full of roots; usu­ally ev­ery cou­ple of years. Mulch with bark or gravel. Pre­vent roots from freez­ing in win­ter.

The best wa­ter­ing is achieved us­ing a drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, but if this isn’t pos­si­ble hand-water daily with enough water to run out of the bot­tom of the pot from April to Oc­to­ber. Keep just moist through win­ter. If eu­ca­lyp­tus dry out, they quickly go brown and crispy. Prune in mid March (Na­tional Eu­ca­lyp­tus Day is 18 March) and again the first week in June – never in win­ter. Feed from April to Septem­ber with a high potash fer­tiliser, sul­phur chips and iron.

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