Formative pruning, pollarding and coppicing of the eucalyptus tree is best undertaken from late winter to early spring, i.e. By Patrick. The coppicing treatment used in his experiment was to prune them to about 15 centimetres several times over the last few years. This involves the removal of vegetation and therefore stored carbohydrate. This eucalyptus can either be … So am I right in thinking that it won't harm the tree if I cut some of the lower branches back (for ease of cutting the grass around it mainly), and I could also have a go at reducing the height myself if possible? Any time before the tree resumes spring growth will be fine for pruning. As it is I could probably reduce the height myself, and save on expensive charges, is there a right and wrong time to reduce it in height? Cut eucalyptus tree trunks about six to ten feet from the ground, leaving the side branches. One of the problems with both Eucalyptus and Poplar trees Yvonne is that both have a vigorous root system and even if you prune the trees back the roots will still grow and I … Restrictive pruning can be used to reduce the height or to form a large shrub, if required. Its now back up to 25 ft in a few years. Cut the shoots on the next third in half, leaving short shoots, and leave the shoots at the top third of the central leader to grow, unless they're diseased or damaged. I would saw away some lowest branches so you can mow the grass easier, but I might leave a light branchwork as otherwise you could end up with a lollipop effect tree if you prune away too much. Being a little hairy around the trunk is OK.. For the first two to three growing seasons, leave on the … FEATURED PLANTS GUNGURRU Eucalyptus caesia You may be most familiar with eucalyptus as the favorite plant of Australia's koala, which is where the tree is most plentiful. Abundant sap makes for quick wound-closing and healing. Pruning an Eucalyptus Tree. Within another 10 years it was back to 100ft and about 40ft wide. To keep your Eucalyptus bushy and well behaved, you will be needing to prune it at least once a year. Pollarding encourages branching at the tops of trees and lower height. It cost £400 to reduce by 50ft. Do not remove more than 20 to 30 percent of the growth on your eucalyptus trees each time you prune it. Carry out this technique for young trees if you want a large tree. You need some useful tools, which you may not have though. Hereof, how do you prune a eucalyptus plant? If you prune all the lower branches to stubs. Read our cookies policy. I have a 10 year old Eucalyptus tree in my garden which has got too big for us to prune and has grown out of shape right at the top. they will probably regrow and you will have juvenile foliage to use for flower arranging etc. February to March, whilst the tree is still in its dormant phase so that it does not bleed sap and attract disease-carrying insects. Many crafters enjoy incorporating the dried leaves in their creations as well. I'm in my mid 60's and arthritic but I'd have that done in less than half hour, so I'm sure you could manage it yourself?.. Select the best looking shoot and allow this to develop, cutting all others. Prune hard annually to maintain its small habit and juvenile foliage. Fertilizing, pruning, and repotting To help keep your eucalyptus happy and healthy, it’s a good idea to fertilize it every few weeks during its active growing season. I have a 10 year old Eucalyptus tree in my garden which has got too big for us to prune and has grown out of shape right at the top. The tree now is about 20 feet tall and is spreading out quite a bit at the bottom, my question is when would be the correct time (if ever) to prune some branches off near the bottom with loppers? The height isn't an issue as it is far away down the bottom of the garden, I was just wondering if was better to keep this type of tree to a certain height? We use cookies to make the site easier to use. As regards height, eucalyptus will regrow even if you take the lot down to stumps. Prune Eucalyptus trees for a hedge at the end of their second growing season, removing about a third of their height and cutting in pyramid shape. then, when new growth emerges, select the best looking shoot and allow this to develop, cutting all others at the ground. I also hope this is the correct forum for questions on trees. Next year, clip off the shoots on the middle third that you cut back the year before, since they're now on the lowest part of the central leader. Learn how to grow eucalyptus in your garden with the RHS expert guide on choosing, planting, feeding, pruning and propagating plants. Eucalyptus plants should be purchased and planted when they are as young as possible to help them establish well, as they do not like root disturbance. I also wouldn't worry about pruning in the winter either, unless you are expecting freezing conditions, but these are very hardy trees here... Log in or register to join the conversation. Encourage bushy growth by cutting branches back to within 3 to 4 inches of the ground after the tree has grown in the... 3. How to Prune Eucalyptus to Make a Bush. Use the shears to prune them into an inverted "V" or "pyramid" shape just before the end of the growing season. Hedge pruning is a suitable method for species like E. archeri, E. parviflora, E. coccifera, and E. … After about 15  years it grew to over 100ft. Do NOT plant eucalyptus trees in  small or medium-sized gardens, ever! Established trees require little pruning other than the removal of any dead wood. This is very easy to deal with.. For unsightly or leggy growth, cut back to about 6 inches from the ground. In the garden, it is most often used as an ornamental and it makes a stunning indoor plant. They are useful trees for blocking out neighbouring buildings very quickly, and I think a bit wasted as lawn specimens, but I used to grow a rambling pink rose up mine, plus I planted dark pink flowering Cistus purpureus around the base, but this is for an adventurous gardener, and that may not be you.. Have fun, and do take care with it.... simple with the right tools... enjoy your gardening have a nice outlook it seems and these are beautiful trees, if kept in check... Thats reassuring to know, I have some telescopic loppers which will be fine for the smaller lower branches, looks like i will invest in a tree pruner at the weekend for the higher thicker main trunks. I've done it. He says Eucalyptus polyanthemos or Red Box has been a … Pollarding encourages branching at the tops of trees and lower height. You can also prune Eucalyptus tree to control their height. Yes absolutely.... with this Eucalyptus you can do any number of things, including pollarding or coppicing if you want, right down to near ground level... not a tree to fret over, as long as you keep on top of it.. For a tree such as yours i'd seek professional advice. Identify the central leader or main trunk and clip off the offshoots on the bottom one-third of this branch. Brush pruning seal over all the cuts you make on your eucalyptus tree. After pruning, make sure you feed and mulch the plant. The best fertilizer to use is a low nitrogen, low phosphorous, high potassium fertilizer. I should add, looking again at the bottom photo, where the trunks look thicker and the tree taller,  if you want to take it down further, then I would use a saw to cut through those trunks, at whatever height I was comfortable with on the ladder, [might need someone to steady it on grass].