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VINTAGE RED Euclayptus cladocalyx ‘EUC78’PBR

‘The Worlds First Ever Red Foliaged Eucalypt’

A Native South Australian Species

Vintage Red is a once in a lifetime plant, it is the first ever red foliaged Eucalyptus to be released anywhere in the world. Finding a red foliaged evergreen tree is extremely hard but to find one that is not only beautiful but is an Australian native suited to Australian conditions is a very rare find.

Vintage Red is a decorative ornamental tree with stunning red foliage. Vintage Red is a form of Sugar Gum producing distinctive stems and branches which when young are almost black in colour. As the plant matures, the deep coloured bark on the branches and trunk peel away revealing a contrasting smooth grey/brown bark through the summer months.

The unique foliage colour can change from bright red to black to purple and grey depending on the direction of the sunlight and the age of the foliage. Vintage Red will grow to approximately 8-12m tall x 4-6m wide depending on the local environmental conditions.

Vintage Red is ideal for large home gardens, parks, roadsides, acreage lots and farms. For use in smaller gardens and close to houses Vintage Red can still be used provided it is pruned back by 1/3 every 12 months once it reaches 2-4m tall, and is kept low by pruning it for the rest of its life. This way it’s like having a big shrub. If you do have a larger home garden or there is room for the tree to grow, by pruning in this way you can produce denser more compact foliage and a tree that grows to your own desired height requirements. If pruning is not required Vintage Red will then grow into a gorgeous looking single trunk specimen or feature tree.

The beauty of Eucalyptus cladocalyx is that it responds better than other Eucalypts at being pruned, forming a nice dense habit with regular pruning. Vintage Red is a grafted plant and when it does become mature it can tolerate being cut back hard down towards the bottom of the trunk provided it is cut well above the graft union. This procedure is called coppicing and results in the production of young vigorous stems.

Vintage Red is fantastic for use as a foliage feature tree, specimen tree or a shade tree. The contrasting foliage of Vintage Red is quite amazing. Just imagine it planted to a backdrop of green foliaged eucalypts or other green foliage trees and shrubs, it is certainly going to capture the imagination of any gardener, landscaper, designer or plant specifier. Vintage Red is also great for use in cut foliage due to its dramatic coloured foliage.

Vintage Red thrives in a variety of well drained soils and most climatic conditions. It is best suited to an open sunny position, with good drainage, it will tolerate part shade. Vintage Red has extreme drought tolerance and will live in very low rainfall parts of Australia. Once established Vintage Red will live on natural rainfall in all areas of Australia and will tolerate light to moderate frosts. For Queensland testing is still in progress to see if the plants will be suitable in these conditions.

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Tue Aug 07, 2012
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