Trials Update: 40 days with no rain, no problem for Southern Eucs Eucalyptus Trees!

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Ed Coughlin

The recent rains are a welcome sight for parched landscapes around the South.

Neither plant was irrigated, but an azalea falls victim to the drought, while a Eucalyptus 'Big O' still thrives.


In doing a little research I learned that, before recent rains, parts of Georgia were approaching 60 days without substantial rainfall!  That equates to the driest 3-month period on record!!!

One of six Eucalyptus 'Macarthurii', still in trials and planted just before the drought, finally gives in.

Five others Macarthurii fought off the drought and, following recent rains, look amazing.


On Nov. 17 the State Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought in 52 counties, including metro Atlanta, and much of North Georgia.

I watered once, out of pity on Nov. 23, but water just ran away from trees' roots.


This all follows the second-hottest summer in Atlanta’s recorded history,  Still, beside the Eucalyptus pauciflora - an alpine species that requires a damp, well drained soil - all the current Southern Eucs survived.


Pleased to report that Southern Eucs new spring introductions, Eucalyptus nova anglica 'Maggie' and parvula 'Funky Monkey' came through the drought unscathed.







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