Eucalyptus deglupta - Rainbow Gum
Rainbow Gum - Evergreen tree for summer patio and winter conservatory - bring into a frost free environment for winter. The bark has to be seen to be believed - all the colours of the rainbow in stripes...amazing.
Nursery Notes 2019 Summer: Great news 1 litre are now ready for release into the world :)
3 litre stock are potted and are currently growing on. Do ping us an email if you would like to be put on the early warning list for when they are ready. :)
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus deglupta MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
Common Name: Rainbow Gum
Status: Evergreen Tree
One of the three Eucalyptus species not indigenous to the Antipodes. It hailes from Indonesia, so is not hardy for growing outdoors in the UK all year round. It is more than happy to grow outdoors in a large container from May through to the first frosts; at which point you need to bring it indoors. Please note that Eucs. hate root disturbance of any kind, so planting it in the ground and then lifting to pot and bring indoors is not a good idea if you want it to live! Keep containerised at all times. Air-pot containers are absolutely the best way forward as they constantly stimulate the roots, keeping them active and producing fresh new growth up top; leading to a happy tree.
Alternatively, you can grow it in a sunny, light conservatory.
What we have done with ours:
We started growing this species last year for the first time and are keen to see how long it takes to produce the amazing bark. We took a 1 litre tree in July 2017 and potted it on into a 20 litre air-pot container. It grew to around 10 feet tall over the summer and produced the most majestic tree. The challenge came in November over what to do with it, as we have no heated glass houses. So Stephen pruned it down to 6ft (including the pot) and cut back every side shoot to a 4-6 inch spur. This coat-rack then moved into our kitchen for Christmas, next to the glass patio door, where it started to sprout little shoots all over the trunk and branches. By March, it had to move out to the potting tunnel as it was getting quite hairy with foliage. During May it was back up at around 8ft tall, including the pot and has the most magnificent bushy, purple tinged canopy. By August 2017, our bushy tree was 10ft tall. The trunk is about 1-2 inches in diameter and is pink!
Recently its been potted on into a 45 litre air-pot container - really looking forward to seeing how fat we can get the trunk this year. We'll keep you posted.
Pot yours into a 20 litre airpot for spectacular results in one year. Liquid feed every 2 weeks, from April till September, with normal strength Phostrogen fertiliser or Chempak high potassium fertiliser, for sturdy growth.
Bark begins to display when the trunk is about 2-3 inches in diameter. Beautiful new burgundy coloured foliage. Tree with a nice habit
Responds well to pollarding.