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Care of the tree Eucalyptus torquata or Coral gum.

Care of the tree Eucalyptus torquata or Coral gum

The genus Eucalyptus, family Myrtaceae, comprises about 700 species of trees and shrubs native to Australia and New Guinea. Some species are: Eucalyptus torquata, Eucalyptus oleosa, Eucalyptus kruseana, Eucalyptus erythrocorys, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus caesia, Eucalyptus gracilis, Eucalyptus amygdalina, Eucalyptus torelliana, Eucalyptus diversifolia, Eucalyptus leucoxylon, Eucalyptus glaucescens.

Common names: Coral gum, Coolgardie gum. This species is natite to Western Australia.

They are evergreen trees with reddish branches that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. The leathery, lanceolate leaves are grayish-green or light green. The cluster-shaped inflorescences contain the showy pink, red, white or yellow flowers. They bloom in late winter and early spring.

They are used in small gardens as shade trees, in public parks and streets, and in pots when young. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Eucalyptus torquata needs full sun exposure and a warm, dry climate. It resists light frosts up to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

They grow in any type of soil that is well drained although they prefer that it contains a little organic matter.

They resist drought quite well but prefer regular watering, waiting until the substrate has almost dried up.

Fertilize with a little compost at the end of winter.

They do not need pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring or fall seedbeds. They can bloom from 2 years of life.

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Eucalyptus torquata
Eucalyptus torquata
Eucalyptus torquata
Eucalyptus torquata