My Favourite Grafted Dwarf Eucalyptus ficifolia

It is summer and we have had a lot of rain so the Grafted Eucalyptus ficifolias are in full swing, everywhere I look they are putting on a wonderful show. I have been slowly trying to collect decent photos of all the different colours and was planning to wait until I had them all covered, but they keep bringing out new colours and heights so I have decided to just share some information about some of my favourites.
This beautiful deep, deep pink flower is Eucalyptus ‘Summer Glory’, it is one of the older varieties and has lovely large leaves tat almost weep.

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Below is a photo of it in my firens front garden, please ignore the rubbish bin and metal fence, it is so hard to get good photo of a trees habit! Summer Glory gets to about 6 metres tall and makes a great shade tree.

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The Eucalyptus ‘Dwarf Orange’ below, it one of the 3 metre varieties; which is really a tall shrub, however it is great for small gardens, growing in a tub or as a street tree. The flowers really are almost fluorescent, you would have seen them around, there is a 2 metre form (really?!) called Eucalyptus ‘Mini Orange; and a 6-7 metre version called ‘Orange Splendour’.

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I use grafted Dwarf Eucalypts in my garden design a lot, I find they make wonderful screening plants that you can under plant under and around. They sometimes need to be shaped into a tree habit (or I think they do), by pruning off the lower branches to accentuate the trunk.

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This is Eucalyptus ‘Summer Red’ which has been my favourite for sometime now, largely because of the look of the leaves, they are giant and almost a glossy green, and the flower is a deep red, almost pink. This tree get to about 5-6 metres tall.

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Here is another (terrible) photo of it in someones front garden, you can see how useful these trees can be as screens as they have a compact crown as oppose to most Eucalypts which are quite open.

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The last one I want to show you is Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ which is a light pink form that gets to about 6 metres high.

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This is a very delicate colour, as with all the grafted Eucalyptus ficifolia the flowers form in dense bunches that are very bee and bird attracting, often when they are in full flower you can hear them hummmmm…

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13 thoughts on “My Favourite Grafted Dwarf Eucalyptus ficifolia

  1. Francine Roose on

    Do you sell or where can I buy an orange grafted dwarf eucalyptus ficifolia?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Francine,

      Sydney Wildflower Nursery has regular stock of Eucalyptus ‘Dwarf Orange’.

      Best,

      Kath

  2. Chris & Sharyn Thomas on

    Hi Kath,
    We planted 2 of the Ficifolia dwarfs 3 months ago. One took & is healthy, the other slowly died. leaves slowly went light then yellowy. we took it back & they replaced it (most unusual). Thinking the problem may have been the soil, (although both were planted in the same soil) we planted it in a different spot using good virgin soil.
    The new one is now slowly dieing, exhibiting the same symptoms as the first one.
    We also kept the soil moist this time.
    I have checked th pH of the soil which is 7.2, basically neutral.
    Are these hard to grow (strike) or can you suggest anything we can do?
    Cheers,
    Chris & Sharyn.

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Chris,
      Were both the Grafted Eucalupts the same? as in both Dwarf Orange or Summer Red? from the same grower?
      thats the first question, I ding there can be quite a lot of variance between grafted stock….depending whom is doing the grafting.
      Second question, how well drained is your soil?
      Best,

      Kath

      • Chris & Sharyn Thomas on

        Hi Kath, Thanks for your reply.
        The original 2 were the same & from same supplier (dwarf reds). The replacement from a different grower we were told.
        I have planted all 3 in large soil mounds. The bottom of the root ball probably is below natural ground level.
        I would say the soil does not drain well.
        Chris.

        • Chris & Sharyn Thomas on

          Just to add another observation, new shoots appear then a couple of days later the tips of these go black.

  3. Chris & Sharyn Thomas on

    I dug around the root mass today to see if it was wet as we have had a lot of showers thru this week. I was surprised to find the soil was not wet, certainly damp but the soil is so light it just crumbled thru my fingers. I did mix some sand with it but I now would say it is & has been well drained.
    Interested to read your thoughts.

    • Chris & Sharyn Thomas on

      Must be in the too hard basket ??
      Can you suggest anyone who may be able to help?

      • Kath Gadd on

        Hi Chris,

        Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, for some reason your follow up comments didn’t come through as an email….I would try giving it some Iron Chelates, sometimes with a sandy soil the trace elements are not available to the feeder roots and it may be lacking in Iron.

        Best,

        Kath

  4. Hi there, i am looking for a small “gum” tree (or similar) that i can put up next to a colourbond fence that will get northern sun. It needs to be a small tree, as there are powerlines directly above it, and the fence is 1.8 metres tall…the tree can be taller than the fence..

    .I’m after a “drooping/weeping habit” or a tree that can be pruned accordingly or even weighted down to encourage the shaping of the branches into a more “drooping” habit….flowering either white/yellow flowers as there are roses that are red and pink at either ends of the fence. (bit too much red/pink I think!) Its a long boundary fence.

    I have an image in my minds eye that i have seen somewhere, and its to make a bold statement for people when they are passing by the fence. Looking on the internet, I’m not sure what exactly I am looking for, so if you are able to offer some suggestions, that would be great!

    We get very hot summers here, 38-40+ for months followed by cold winters down to -2, with intermittent frosts. we have an underground artesian bore as well as the Lachlan River to draw water from.

    any suggestions considered.

    much appreciated

    Paula
    Hillston Backpackers….Outback NSW

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Paula,

      Have you seen Eucalyptus ‘Blue Veil’ as a grafted Standard? that would be perfect for you! Also you might like to consider Eucalyptus ‘Coral Princess’ or Eucalyptus ‘ Snowflake’. Unfortunately the more weeping grafted ficifolias are in Pinks and Reds 🙁 as is Eucalyptus ceasia ‘Silver Princess’.

      Hope some of these suggestions help,

      Kath

  5. Mr. G on

    Hi!

    I would like to know it it’s possible to get Corymbia summer beauty and summer glory in an Australian nursery selling abroad. if not, do u know of any nursery selling these species in Europe¿? Many thanks! =)

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