VINTAGE RED™ is the first red foliaged Eucalypt in the world
VINTAGE RED™ Eucalyptus cladoclayx ‘EUC78’
Foliage Update: Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus stays red and is completely 100% stable. After now growing tens of thousands of plants, not one has ever reverted to green foliage.
Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus is a decorative ornamental Australian native tree with stunning red foliage. It is the first red foliaged Eucalypt to be released anywhere in the world. Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus is a form of Sugar Gum and it produces 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 bark through the summer months.
The unique foliage colour can change from bright red to purple and grey depending on the direction of the sunlight and the age of the foliage. After more trialling in the last couple of years, Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus will grow approximately 6-8 metres tall x 3-4 metres wide, no larger.
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™ Eucalyptus 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.
With any new tree there is a learning curve of how best to grow it. With something so revolutionary as Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus, the learning curve was steeper. Standard practices needed to be tweaked. The real breakthrough came with elite understock was sourced through the CSIRO. The results have been amazing. The original common understock created problems, often with the graft growing quicker than the understock. The new elite understock has totally transformed this tree. Growing advanced trees of Eucalyptus is difficult as the often outgrow the containers and become stretched. Through trialling the growers have now found that it responds extremely well to pruning, far better than most Eucalyptus. Pruning makes it easier for the growers to grow and is resulting in a much higher quality tree.
With any grafted plant any growth or shoots arising from below the graft union must be cut back immediately flush with the stem. This growth will be from the rootstock, and if allowed to grow will impede the vigour of the Vintage Red™ plant. If pruning is not required Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus will grow into a gorgeous looking single trunked specimen or feature tree.
An excellent feature tree, specimen tree and shade tree. It is an ideal plant for use in cut foliage. Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus is a medium to tall ornamental tree and is ideal for large home gardens, parks, roadsides, acreage and farms. For use in smaller gardens and close to houses, Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus 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 more 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.
The foliage will never have to be dyed to obtain the beautiful red/purple foliage which florists desire. Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus has extreme drought tolerance and will live in very low rainfall parts of Australia. Once established Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus will live on natural rainfall in all areas of Australia and will tolerate light to moderate frosts.
Thrives in all well drained soils and most climatic conditions. Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus is best suited to an open sunny position, with good drainage and a well mulched garden. Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus will also tolerate part shade. Avoid planting under power lines unless you intend to continue pruning every 12 months to keep it at the desired height.
Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus is a grafted plant and is being professionally grafted by experienced nurserymen within the industry. As with any living graft, use due diligence to regularly monitor the structural integrity of the graft to ensure the graft is in good condition. The rootstock selected for Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus to be grafted onto is its parent plant; the common Eucalyptus cladocalyx. This is a very strong rootstock and it produces a very strong and stable graft union when grown together with Vintage Red™.
To ensure the graft union is kept healthy, avoid mulching too high around the base of the plant or planting too deep so that the bottom of the trunk or graft is covered by soil or mulch. Both of these things will encourage the base of the plant to rot and cause decay, and this will then create a weak plant and possibly an unstable graft. This can really set the tree back if it gets attacked.
Please follow these directions and you will be enjoying your unique Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus plant for many years to come.
This website gives general information for the states/regions in Australia. For local information on which plants work in your area contact your local grower. Local grower knowledge is vital, this website is no substitute.
Heights shown on the website are for general gardening conditions. In well maintained gardens, some plants will get taller.