After heard about this most beneficial eucalyptus tree, I decided to do some research about making a bonsai with a eucalyptus tree. Here is what I found.
Can you bonsai eucalyptus tree? Yes, you can. There are many types of eucalyptus trees, most of them are suitable to make a bonsai. Watering in a proper manner, Well drainage soil, Re-potting plant at the time, Pruning, and especially Balanced sunlight for 6 hours are the most considerable things.
When making a bonsai with eucalyptus, balanced sunlight at the proper time of the day is considerable. I found the most effective time of the day.
How to make a Eucalyptus bonsai tree?
First of all, you have to know a few details about eucalyptus trees before making bonsai with them. As well as convenient environmental conditions to the plant.
Eucalyptus bonsai tree is native to the Australian continent and these plants have the ability to adopt any environmental and climatic conditions. Also, these trees can live in snowy climates.
These Eucalyptus trees have a high speed of growth and it is very hard to grow them in pots as a miniature structure. But if you are able to grow eucalyptus tree as a bonsai, it might be the most beautiful bonsai tree of your bonsai collection.
There are many species of Eucalyptus trees that are suitable to grow as bonsai. And All of those trees have variable requirements for growing
Also befor start to grow eucalyptus bonsai trees keep in mind these trees grow around 200ft height in their native habitates.
lets get known about types of eucalyptus trees, their requirements and Their appearance after been bonsai.
|Mature size (height)
|Bonsai size (height)
|around 70-80 feet
|3 to 5 feet
|Direct sunlight and partial shade
|up to 45-65 feet
|1 to 3 feet
|full light and partial shade
|Eucalyptus pauciflora subspecies debeuzevillei
|Jounama Snow Gum
|25 – 35 feet tall
|around 1 feet
|Eucalyptus pauciflora subspecies niphophila
|Alpine Snow Gum
|up to 30 feet
|around 2 feet
|around 35 feet
|1 to 3 feets
|up to 100 feet
|3 to 6 feets
|around 50-60 feet
|1 to 3 feets
|Up to 250 feet
|3 to 7 feets
|Up to 75 feet
|around 1- 3 feet
|Tasmanian Snow Gum
|55 feet tall
|nearly 3 feet
|Up to 50 feet tall
|around 2-5 feet
All the types of Eucalyptus trees are suitable to grow as bonsai and let’s discuss more about them under the Eucalyptus bonsai types.
As you know, first of all, you want a Eucalyptus plant to grow as bonsai. The most suitable thing is starting with a plant, also you can start it with seeds, but it is not successful.
So how to make a Eucalyptus bonsai tree and what do you want, let us discus step by step
What do you want to start a Eucalyptus bonsai?
#1 – A healthy eucalyptus bonsai plant is the First and most important thing.
You can use any type of eucalyptus plant to grow as bonsai. I recommend you to buy a Eucalyptus tree from a plant nursery near you and when you buy make sure it is a healthy plant.
always buy a small plant. Don’t buy a grown plant because they are hard to handle and shape. A plant with a height of around 5 to 7 inches might be the best choice.
#2 – A cone shape pot is the best choice for eucalyptus trees.
A cone shape container is very important because of high speed and complex root growth of Eucalyptus plants. If you use conventional, round pot you ill not be able to re-pot the plant.
Also use a pot with good drainage system. Because these plants love to grow under drainage soil conditions.
#3 – Low nitrogen Fertilizers and Well drainage soil
These plants have a high speed of root growth, so these plants did not want a high amount of nitrogen, but roots will be damaged if the soil gets over humidity. Always use soil with a high drainage facility
Make Eucalyptus bonsai tree under the following guidelines.
First of all, take your Eucalyptus plant and remove it from the Existing container or packet. Then remove the soil around the plant roots using chopsticks or wooden sticks.
Then using a plant cutting scissor, cut off the roots of the eucalyptus plant around 2-3 inches from the bottom. And cut off unwanted twigs of the plant.
Make a good soil mixture with low nitrogen fertilizer and add a little gravel to the soil mixture to help the drainage system.
After all, put some water on the plant and leave it in the shade for a week, During that week, leave the plant in the morning sunlight for 2 hours.
Eucalyptus bonsai care
Caring is the most important factor when growing bonsai trees. Especially these eucalyptus bonsai trees want good caring than other bonsai trees.
Watering, pruning, positioning, and fertilizing are important factors in the formation of eucalyptus bonsai trees. As we already know there is a Different way to supply sunlight to these trees.
Also, these trees have varied fertilizer and water requirements than other bonsai trees. So you have to read properly this article.
Follow these tips when watering Eucalyptus bonsai.
Eucalyptus trees are endemic to the Australian continent and do not like high humidity soils. These plants tend to thrive in well-drained soil conditions, so you need to be very careful when watering.
Make a routine to water your plant and give ample water to the plant on regular basis. As well as before you watering the plant, check if the soil has enough humidity.
You can insert your finger into the soil and check if the bottom layer of soil is wet. If so, you do not need to water. Also, use some fertilizer with water once a week
Placing and sunlight requirement of Eucalyptus bonsai.
These trees grow up to 100 feet height and all species of Eucalyptus trees like to grow under full sunlight and half shade.
According to Environmentalists Eucalyptus trees want at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and sunlight from southern exposure is the best choice.
But keep in mind these trees did not act well under high sunlight for more than 8 hours. As well as Morning sunlight is favorable for the color of leaves and bark.
Placing is depend on the container you use to grow the plant. I recommend you to use a small container at the beginning Because you can move it to any place you wanted and you can place it under sunlight and shade From time to time
Also, there are special things to be aware of when growing Eucalyptus bonsai trees indoors, let us discuss indoor eucalyptus further in the article.
Common Diseases and pests affected for Eucalyptus bonsai.
#1 – Canker,
This is caused by a fungus and this fungus is very dangerous to eucalyptus plants. This starts at the bark and extends to the inside of the tree. If these are held for some time, the leaves turn yellow. The branches also begin to fall.
#2 – Phytophthora
This is also caused by a fungus that causes the roots of the tree to rot, causing red and brown spots under the bark of the tree.
#3 – Heart or trunk rot
This fungus is dangerous and it is impossible to find out the tree is affected by diseases. This causes rots the stem from the inside out and branches start to fall down. That means the tree is dying.
These trees are commonly affected by pests that attack other trees also. So always observe your tree and clean its surround.
Bonsai eucalyptus for indoor.
There are many species of eucalyptus trees suitable for indoor, bonsai trees. Growing low-speed trees as bonsai trees at home are quite simple.
Usually, Eucalyptus gunnii is suitable to grow indoors, Because these trees have a low speed of growing. These trees can not grow more than 11- 19 inches in a year if it is in a container.
Eucalyptus Archeri is also a good choice to grow as an indoor bonsai plant. But this is a bush-like plant and you have to clean and prune it to maintain in a good shape.
As well as silver dollar eucalyptus bonsai is famous as an indoor growing plant. This plant is also can be grown as bonsai without trouble.
Also you can grow a flowering bonsai plant in your house. Eucalyptus Gregsoniana is good indoor growing bonsai tree and this tree has shiny white bark and beautiful white flowers.
As well as if you are in a small living space, but if you still want a bonsai tree to your house, there is a plant that suits you. It is Eucalyptus pulverulenta that also known as baby blue. This eucalyptus species is also good choice for indoor bonsai.
But there is a special thing to known before you growing all those plants as bonsai. You have to learn how to grow plants in containers or pots.
Growing Eucalyptus bonsai plant in containers.
These eucalyptus plants always like to grow under good environmental conditions. Well, well-drained soil, well-nourished soil, and good sunlight are the favorites of these plants.
So when you grow eucalyptus bonsai trees at home you should provide the plant with all of the above requirements and you have them all confined to a container, so learn it well.
When growing bonsai trees, the main war is growing plants in a pot. So you have to learn it from the beginning, First of all, how to select a pot for the Eucalyptus bonsai plant?
# Choose a Pot #
As you know, eucalyptus trees have a high rate of growth, these plants grow faster than other plants, I mean these plants grow their root system faster than the stems and branches.
So when you Pick a Pots for Eucalyptus bonsai, always buy a Cone shape large bonsai pots. If you buy a rounded oval shape pot, roots will wound to the pot and it will be hard to re-pot the plant.
# Make good drainage system #
These Eucalyptus bonsai trees like to grow in good drainage soils Because it is easy to grow roots through the soil in a good drainage system. So always use suitable soil.
You can use gravel mixed soil to these eucalyptus bonsai pots and always try to use low nitrogen fertilizers. And keep in mind to use some rocks inside the pot, It will help you to have a mature looking bonsai tree in a short time.
Eucalyptus bonsai types
Here we are going to discuss all the types of Eucalyptus trees that are suitable to grow as Bonsai.
Eucalyptus gunnii bonsai (Cider Gum)
This tree is native to australia and like to grow under full sunlight more than 6 hours a day and prefer parcial shade. Eucalyptus gunnii bonsai tree bark have smooth texture.
These plants can live in drought season also, so you dont hav e to water your Eucalyptus gunnii bonsai very oftent, but these trees like to grow in fertile soil.
Also, the young leafs s of these trees are used to make many floral arrangements. Foliage mainly used as bouquets and these Bonsai eucalyptus gummii leaves grow ass a thick canopy around the tree.
It contains white color flower and Eucalyptus gummii is awarded tree by an Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Eucalyptus nicholii bonsai (Narrow-leaf Peppermint)
IN normal habitat these trees grow up to 50 feet height. But you can grow Eucalyptus nicholii as bonsai around 2-3 feet height.
These Eucalyptus nicholii bonsai trees like to grow under full sunlight and parcial shade, As well as These trees shoul be waterd conservatively.
Eucalyptus nicholii bonsai have white color flowers and mint scent in every part of the body, specially at leaves.
Eucalyptus deglupta (rainbow eucalyptus bonsai)
The rainbow eucalyptus bonsai tree is native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines and this is the only tree that have a rainforest habitat.
Have you ever wondered how this tree got its name? It is caused by the colored bark. In summer, the bark of these trees looks like artificially colored trunks.
These Rainbow eucalyptus bonsai trees like to grow under full sunlight and it is main reason for colorfull bark and also these trees love well draining soil.
Also rainbow eucalyptus have beautiful white and yellow bark. And prefer average moisture because this tree have rainforest habitat.
And also you can buy Rainbow eucalyptus bonsai trees from local nurseries around you.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bonsai
Silver dollar eucalyptus is excellent choice for indoor planting. Silver dollar Eucalyptus trees have nice fragrance in its leaves and it remains after leaves also dryed.
As well as on leaves of these Silver dollar eucalyptus plant, there is a silver color dust on it. It brings a beauty to tree and it is the main reason for the name of the tree.
Silver dollar Eucalyptus does not grow very big and you can prune and maintain it easily. it will be nice to have a silver dollar eucalyptus bonsai tree in your home.
people also ask
#1 – Lemon eucalyptus bonsai
The lemon eucalyptus is not a famous species among people. But few people love to grow these tall trees in their houses as bonsai.
When growing lemon eucalyptus bonsai, pruning and pruning more frequently than other bonsai trees should be considered. Because these trees have a high growing speed.
As well as lemon eucalyptus bonsai do not like high cold in winter, so you have to sink the pot in soil if you want to survive this tree.
As well as know about cold Hardiness.
#2 – Eucalyptus citriodora bonsai
Eucalyptus citriodora bonsai tree is a good choice for bonsai lovers that like to have small-scale bonsai trees. This cute citriodora is also with a lemon gum and it has a nice fragrance.
You can grow these trees in bonsai pots without a problem and, trim roots once a year, and water the plant once a day.
#3 – Eucalyptus regnans bonsai
This is the tallest Gum tree and secondly tallest tree species in the worl, these trees grow up to 100m height and the trunk in white and gray.
By the way you can grow these plants also ass bonsai trees. It is tough to do and if you are possible you can have a beautiful bonsai tree to your collection.
Frequent trimming is the most important fact when growing Eucalyptus regnans bonsai.
Following are some other tree types that are suitable to grown as bonsai.
- eucalyptus cinerea bonsai
- eucalyptus caesia bonsai
- eucalyptus pauciflora bonsai
- eucalyptus camaldulensis bonsai
- Eucalyptus grandis bonsai