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Standard Eucalyptus Tree of variety Eucalyptus Globulus Eucalyptus Globulus is a fragrant evergreen eucalyptus pruned into a standard form. It’s best grown in the UK’s warmer south as a feature plant. Eucalyptus Globulus is commonly called Tasmanian Blue Gum. It was introduced to the UK from Tasmania in 1829 and has thrived here earning the RHS AGM.
Tasmanian Blue Gum is an evergreen shrub or tree that enjoys full sun. It has fragrant ovate leaves that begin life as small blue-silver foliage before maturing into large blue-green sickle-shaped leaves. Small white flowers may appear over the spring and summer months on mature specimens.
Tasmanian Blue Gum’s bark is an especially attractive creamy white shade that flakes into ribbons to reveal light greeny-brown patches beneath. This version is pruned into a standard eucalyptus tree. The foliage of Tasmanian Blue Gum is stunning when it’s clipped into a lollipop and it makes the plant more manageable in compact gardens.
Height And Spread of Eucalyptus Globulus Left to its own devices Tasmanian Blue Gum can grow to 30 metres in height. It’s one of the fastest-growing eucalyptus trees, but these are standard eucalyptus trees can be kept at that height with regular pruning, once or twice per year.
How Hardy Is Eucalyptus Globulus Tasmanian Blue Gum appreciates full sun and is best grown in the milder south of the UK. It’s frost hardy to -5 and is rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Eucalyptus Globulus This standard eucalyptus tree is best grown in flower borders and beds where it brings year-round colour and interest to bare winter gardens. You can also grow a standard eucalyptus tree in a large well-watered and fed pot. Other uses include marking either side of a doorway or a feature in the garden and using its fragrant, long-lasting foliage in floral displays.
How To Care For Eucalyptus Globulus Tasmanian Blue Gum is best grown in sheltered full sun. A west or south-facing position that’s free from drying winds is most suitable. Eucalyptus prefers neutral to acid soil that’s well-drained but doesn’t dry out. If you have chalky soil dig in lots of well-rotted organic matter or consider a large container. Pruning is required to maintain the standard height and shape. It’s best to do this in late winter to early spring. You’ll find pruning encourages attractive new growth. A thick layer of mulch applied in spring cuts down weed competition and traps moisture at the roots. It also gives a standard eucalyptus tree the nutrients it needs to thrive and look healthy.