Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

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Description

Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa is a subspecies distinguished by its larger, showy flowers, making it a standout in any landscape. Boasting colorful blossoms ranging from pink to red, it transforms gardens and streets with its vibrant hues. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, this tree is also known for its adaptability and resilience, making it a favorite among landscapers and garden enthusiasts alike.

Common Name: Large-fruited Yellow Gum
Mature Height: 10-15m
Mature Width: 5-10m
Spacing: 7-10m apart
Foliage: Glossy, green elongated leaves which are aromatic when crushed.
Flowering period: Autumn to early winter.
Form/Habit: Medium-sized tree with an open, spreading habit.
Uses: Ornamental tree, street tree, habitat for native wildlife, timber.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
Tolerates: Drought, frost, various soil types.
Drought Hardy: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Maintenance: Moderate; occasional pruning to shape and manage size.

Description

Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa is a subspecies distinguished by its larger, showy flowers, making it a standout in any landscape. Boasting colorful blossoms ranging from pink to red, it transforms gardens and streets with its vibrant hues. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, this tree is also known for its adaptability and resilience, making it a favorite among landscapers and garden enthusiasts alike.

Common Name: Large-fruited Yellow Gum
Mature Height: 10-15m
Mature Width: 5-10m
Spacing: 7-10m apart
Foliage: Glossy, green elongated leaves which are aromatic when crushed.
Flowering period: Autumn to early winter.
Form/Habit: Medium-sized tree with an open, spreading habit.
Uses: Ornamental tree, street tree, habitat for native wildlife, timber.
Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
Tolerates: Drought, frost, various soil types.
Drought Hardy: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Maintenance: Moderate; occasional pruning to shape and manage size.

Additional Information You Should Know About Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

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Height Guide For Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

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Why Choose Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa For Your Garden?

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How To Grow Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa In Different Soil Types

Enhancing Soil for Vigorous Growth and Aromatic Leaves

Ideal Drainage: Eucalyptus species require well-drained soils, preferably slightly acidic.

Well-Draining Soil: Key to preventing diseases and promoting healthy growth.

If you have the following soil, here are some tips for you:

  • Sandy Soil: Naturally preferred for its drainage; enrich with low-phosphorus fertilizers to avoid excessive lushness that can attract pests.
  • Clay Soil: Generally unsuitable; extensive modification with gypsum, sand, and organic material needed to improve drainage.
  • Loamy Soil: Ensure it is not overly rich; provide good drainage and occasional feeding.
  • Peaty Soil: Usually too moist; significant drainage improvements required to make suitable for Eucalyptus.
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Planting Your Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa: Ensuring A Strong Start

How to Plant Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

Site Selection: While adaptable to a range of soil conditions, well-drained soil is preferable.

Soil Preparation: Mix in organic compost or manure to enrich the soil, promoting healthy growth.

Hole Digging: Prepare a hole that's approximately twice the size of the root ball.

Planting: Place the tree in the hole, making sure it's level. Fill in the hole, tamp down the soil, and water generously.

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Watering Requirements After Planting

When you plant a new tree, it's crucial to give it the right start by ensuring it receives sufficient water. Here’s a general guideline for watering your newly planted tree:

  • Immediately After Planting: Water your tree generously right after planting your Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa to settle the soil around the roots and eliminate any air pockets.
  • First Three Months: The initial three months are critical for the establishment of the tree. During this period, the tree should be hand watered twice daily, in the morning and evening. This helps the roots grow deep and strong.
  • Irrigation System: If you have an irrigation system, adjust it to ensure the tree gets adequate water during these first months.
  • Adjusting to Weather Conditions: Always consider the weather conditions and adjust your watering accordingly. In hotter and drier periods, additional watering may be necessary.

Consistent attention to your tree’s watering needs during this initial period will help ensure its healthy growth and long-term success in your garden.

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Root Ball Guide

Here is our guide for planting your trees with the appropriate root ball dimensions. When planting, we recommend digging a hole that is 10% larger than the size of your pot, and teasing the rootball before planting to promote better root growth.

Root Ball Dimensions:

  • 40cm Pot: 44 x 38.5 cm
  • 45L Bag: 41.8 x 41.8 cm
  • 50cm Squat Pot: 49.5 x 34.1 cm
  • 50cm Pot: 49.5 x 35.2 cm
  • 70L Pot: 55 x 41.8 cm
  • 75L Bag: 55 x 48.4 cm
  • 90L Pot: 59.4 x 44 cm
  • 100L Bag: 50.6 x 52.8 cm
  • 100L Squat Bag: 58.3 x 49.5 cm
  • 100L Pot: 66 x 49.5 cm
  • 150L Bag: 66 x 55 cm
  • 155L Pot: 74.8 x 52.8 cm
  • 200L Bag: 71.5 x 60.5 cm
  • 280L Pot: 91.3 x 55 cm
  • 300L Bag: 88 x 63.8 cm
  • 400L Bag: 99 x 66 cm
  • 500L Bag: 122 x 66 cm
  • 1000L Bag: 146.3 x 71.5 cm
  • 2000L Bag: 176 x 82.5 cm

Follow these dimensions to ensure a smooth planting process and optimal growth for your new tree.

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Caring For Your Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

Caring for Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

Watering: After planting, ensure the tree is watered daily for the initial weeks. Once established, reduce the frequency but water deeply during extended dry periods.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base, keeping it a few inches away from the trunk. This helps maintain soil moisture and suppresses weed growth.

Pruning: While this subspecies generally needs minimal pruning, occasional trimming after the flowering season can help maintain its shape and size.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp megalocarpa

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the subspecies differ from the main species?
The megalocarpa subspecies is primarily distinguished by its larger and more colorful flowers.

Is it suitable for urban planting?
Yes, its resilience and adaptability make it suitable for urban environments, especially as a street tree.

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