Although silver dollar eucalyptus trees don't usually need to be pruned, an occasional pruning can improve the natural shape of the tree, and can stimulate healthy growth. Pruning can improve the air circulation to the silver dollar eucalyptus tree, reduce pest problems, and minimise the chance that the tree will be damaged during windstorms or other severe weather.
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Prune silver dollar eucalyptus trees between midspring and late summer so the cuts will have time to heal before freezing weather. A hard freeze can damage the cut area, and can sometimes kill the tree. If you live in a climate with warm winters, pruning can be done any time.
Avoid pruning the lower branches of silver dollar eucalyptus unless they're damaged or dead. Eucalyptus trees can become top-heavy, and leaving lower branches in place will help to keep it balanced. Often, silver dollar eucalyptus trees will drop lower branches on their own.
Prune problem branches as soon as you notice them. Smaller cuts are easier to manage, and are much healthier for the tree.
Use a sharp pair of pruners to prune silver dollar eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees have thin bark that can be torn and damaged by a saw.
Remove branches that are growing too close together, and any branches that are crossing other branches. Cut off all weak, spindly branches, and branches that show signs of insect infestation.
Cut branches at a twig, or cut them back to the base of the branch. If you are cutting back twigs, cut them back to a bud. Cutting in the middle of a branch or twig will cause dense growth that will create more problems in the future.
Tips and warnings
- If the silver dollar eucalyptus tree is so top-heavy that it is in danger of falling over, cut it back severely to reduce the top weight. It's safe to remove up to 80 per cent of the tree. The eucalyptus tree will grow back quickly, and will be strong and vigorous. Don't attempt to stake a top-heavy tree.
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