The eucalyptus, Vick Rub Vick's herbicide, starts in our Zone 7 in early spring in the form of a 3 to 6-inch herbaceous plant. First time buyers have no idea how big and how fast the eucalyptus grows during the summer / fall season. In zone 7 the eucalyptus is a tender perennial all year that can stay out permanently. Later, how he never dies. In zone 7, where the HerbFest is held; and below zone 7, the tree rarely reaches its full extent because of our periods of cold and frost, but that does not mean that it can not be enjoyed all the time. year.
It is difficult to plant eucalyptus to appreciate the speed of its growth and the plant characteristics of this plant. In one summer, it can easily reach over 12 feet in height with a diameter of 12 feet. The branches became long and slender with beautiful round, shiny gray leaves. The branches are sporadically positioned, the trunk and bark are exposed to the irregular colors of the bark and shades of gray / chalky white. The upper gray color of the leaves and the chalky white of the bark and branches make it a perfect member of the category of "moonlit herbs" that will affect its location in the landscape. The moonlight reflects the plant's ability to reflect light and shows the gardener how to place the plant in a full moon area to enjoy the light reflected by the moon. Often, it is an outward placement where people walk or have to cross in the dark. The extra reflected light makes navigation a lot easier. Often, the Eucalyptus was planted next to the "exit" as "target" when one passed between the lamb's ear path and the addiction. Of course we know what would be the lamb's ear!
Once the plant is established, the owners often cut the branches, roll in a crown structure and hang in their home or office for the delightful scent and unique eternal hanging that it can be. The eucalyptus makes the room feel better and adds a seasonal aroma to the air. If possible, Eucalyptus prefers full sun, or at least the morning sun with the afternoon sun being ideal.
The main culprit in perpetuating the life of the eucalyptus is the icy cold where ice adheres to the branches and trunk. Once every 3 or 4 years in zone 7, the water usually freezes on the branches, weighs them and pulls them off, resulting in broken branches and often a broken tree trunk. When this happens, the appearance of the tree is permanently altered and rather than prune, it is often better to cut and plant new plants. Once again, fast growth is becoming a main feature of Eucalyptus and the badly configured broken tree is better replaced since in almost a year it will return to its original size. Of course, now we are waiting for the next ice storm and hope for the best !!