2020 ASCFG Hardy Eucalyptus Trial Report
Eucalyptus rubida ‘Cab Sav’. Mary: She harvested 15 stems/plant that were an average of 11 inches long. All plants survived. She gave it a 5 for customer appreciation, 5 for ease of cultivation, and 3 for grow again ratings. Comments: the color and size of the leaves makes this a very desirable cultivar. A favorite of customers. It just did not grow very big. I harvested some stems in the early summer, but it did not grow very much more. I completely stopped harvesting. I had lost 3 of the 4 plants when they arrived, so I only had 1 remaining plant. I would love to try the cultivar again.
Eucalyptus stelluta ‘Sheila’. Mary Royal reported that only one plant out of four is remaining and it is less than 2 feet tall with very few stems. She has not harvested anything from it. Comments: Last year the leaves had spots and the plants did not grow well. In June three of the 4 plants died within about 2 weeks’ time. Not a viable choice for her zone.
Summary from last year. For comparison, ‘Funky Monkey’ was the overall favorite due to its small green leaves on reddish stems. Trialers were already getting an average of 5.3 stems per plant that averaged 13 inches long, with responses ranging from 9 to 20 inches. ‘Cab Sav’ produced 4 stems/plant that ranged from 10 to 15 inches long. ‘Big O’ was the fastest-growing cultivar with the longest stem length, 14.5 inches, and an average of 4.5 stems/plant. With ‘Angus’ trialers harvested an average of 3.9 stems/plant that ranged in length from 10 to 18 inches. Even last year ‘Sheila’ was the least favorite; trialers reported harvesting about 2 stems/plant that were 10 to 13 inches long.