En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
1 rating

Thursday - September 21, 2006

From: Lakeland, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Growth rate for eucalyptus in Florida
Answered by: Nan Hampton


How fast does eucalyptus grow in Florida?


The short answer to your question is: very fast! The Eucalyptus spp., no matter where they grow, are noted for their rapid growth rate and can attain up to 90 percent of their height within 15 years. It isn't unusual for ten-year-old trees to reach 90-100 feet. The rate of growth will vary depending on species. For Eucalyptus robusta, J. R. King and R.G. Skolmen report that after 10.25 years the mean height of all the trees in one of Florida's first eucalyptus plantations was 54.4 ft. (16.6 m). For Eucalyptus grandis G. Meskimen and J. K. Francis say a growth rate of 6.5 ft/year (2 m/yr) is common and a maximum of 13 ft/yr (4 m/yr) has been reported. You can see a comparison of growth rates of three species, E. grandis, E. camaldulensis, and E. amplifolia, in Table 2. Guidelines on the establishment of three Eucalyptus species in Florida in "Eucalptus--Pulpwood, Mulch or Energy Wood?" by D. L. Rockwood from the University of Florida , IFAS Extension. You can also find a comparison of growth rates of E. amplifolia, E. grandis and cottonwood trees from Planet Power sponsored by the Florida Energy Office and DOE/SSEB (U. S. Department of Energy/Southeast Biomass State and Regional Partnership).


More Non-Natives Questions

Care for non-native tropical Hibiscus rosa sinensis in Clinton Township MI
October 18, 2010 - Do I have to bring a painted lady hibiscus tree in for the winter? We planted it in the ground and it did great this summer, but I do not know if we have to put it in a pot and bring it in for the wi...
view the full question and answer

Care for non-native Plumeria from Concord NC
August 01, 2012 - I have had my plumeria plant for the past 5 to 7 years. It is a pot plant and I live in North Carolina, I take the pot inside in he winter time. The leaves fall off, in the spring after the last fro...
view the full question and answer

Mexican Lime Turning Yellow
March 25, 2015 - What causes moderate yellowing of 40% of the leaves of an 8 year old Mexican Lime Tree that is booming and blooming right now with lots of thick new growth? I used a general garden fertilizer a few ...
view the full question and answer

Care for 'Winchester' honeysuckle?
June 05, 2009 - I have a Winchester honeysuckle that is now in full bloom. Do I "deadhead" the blooms after they die off?
view the full question and answer

Heirloom plants for Gault Homestead in Austin
April 15, 2009 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, The Gault Homestead at 2106 Klattenhoff in the middle of Wells Branch Subdivision is to be planted with heirloom or heritage plants soon. There is some sun for the planter bo...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center