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May 7, 2007

Eucalyptus damage

Filed under: Gardening,Nature watch — Jocko @ 11:54 am

This past winter was a doozy as well all know, and most of the eucalyptus trees on the island were killed down to the ground. As they are zone 8 to 10, at zone 8.? we are pushing it a bit trying to grow them here. Many trees are now coming back from the roots and will survive in a bushier form until the next big freeze! What’s interesting though, is that some trees on the island did survive completely (due to microclimate or species or both?). If you are one of the lucky ones, share with us your species name. I had Eucalyptus fraxinoides, johnstonii and Sydney Blue (Australia) and all died to the ground. I think the Sydney Blue is completely dead. The johnstonii seemed to be the hardiest. It was a beautiful tree complete with gum nuts last summer! There are some beautiful full sized eucalyptus trees south of Sidney, BC if you take the secondary water route (Lochside Drive) to Mount Newton Cross Road. Travelling south, look to your left or waterside along the last stretch before reaching Mount Newton. By the way, these plants are not invasive here as the climate is too marginal. However, if you live in southern California and into Mexico, that is another story.

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  1. Sept. ’07 update: Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna) has survived (yeah!) and over the summer produced a bushy new growth from the roots. We’ll see how it fares over this coming winter as the climate here on Pender should be marginally favourable for its’ long term survival. The distribution of this tree is rather limited along the coast and nearby ranges of New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. Our E. johnstonii is also bushed back from last winter’s frost kill, but the E. fraxinoides is toast! Next time you are out on the Pender Golf Links, check out the lovely specimen on Hole #2?… Jocko

    Comment by Jocko — September 24, 2007 @ 1:06 am

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