normally at this time of year some of the leaves turn red, others remain green and some drop. A fungal infection causes browning foliage. I also have a very large eucalyptus tree in my garden in sw scotland. Its root system absorbs a lot of water from soil. As a tree prepares to shed its leaves in winter, a layer of cells form across the base of the leaf stalk which restricts the movement of sugars back into the body of the tree. Eucalyptus tree leaves turning brown and dropping? Eucalyptus sideroxylon is called red ironbark because mature trees develop deeply furrowed reddish-brown bark. ~ Remove the damaged foliage. Sometimes, a red resin exudes through breaks in the bark, hence the tree’s other name – the gum tree. Joined: Jun 18, 2017 Messages: 2 Gender: Female Ratings: +2. The width ranges from 20-45 feet. Eucalyptus can vary in form from a short shrub to a tall, evergreen tree. The bark is a blue-grey colour and peels off in strips to reveal yellow patches underneath. Over the last few weeks the leaves on the lower branches have started to drop and this is gradually working its way up the tree and now most of the leaves on the lower half of the tree have died. Leaves on juvenile plants are bluish white and lancelike in shape. All of a sudden the tree is losing leaves at an alarming rate, one gust of wind and my whole garden is covered!!! trees belong to the myrtle plant family and adapt well to a variety of climates. Why leaves turn red. Thus, the plant dehydrats the surroundings. My eucalyptus tree (approx 4yrs old) seems to be dying. If you're partial to crimson, you might wonder why nature seems to go overboard with the red some years and forget it entirely during others. ~Also - siting could be a problem; if it is sited so that it is prone to cold winds etc., this could cause the leaves of a young tree to go brown. This tree may grow strongly upright to 80 feet tall, or it may be weeping in form and remain below 20 feet tall. Eucalyptus IS EVERGREEN. Hi, I'm new to the world of gardening moving into my first home with a garden in march. Look out for: young leaves that are usually stemless and rounded. ~I suspect that lack of water is the problem, particularly with a young tree. The evergreen plant group also contains large shrubs. ~ Keep it damp at the roots (even in winter) 2. I have a tall established eucalyptus tree in the back garden. There are three major problems with eucalyptus for which it is not a preferrence planting. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.) This year half the tree has brown, dead looking leaves, there are 4 or 5 main limbs, 2 of them are normal and the other 2 are brown. i did a search ans saw if fertiliser was not mixed with compost it could contact roots and cause that. Eualyptus, although evergreen, will shed leaves often a lot at once. It's what they do. My question is my trees arrived green with green leaves but now the bark and the leaves are a red color. Native American lore explained the appearance­ of the magnificent colors as coming from above: After hunters killed the Great Bear in the sky, the story goes, its blood splashed down and turned the leaves red. The once beautiful green/silvery leaves are turning brown and the tree is drying out. The low-maintenance, fast-growing plants have low water requirements. 1. Discussion in 'Trees' started by melanie93, Jun 19, 2017. melanie93 Apprentice Gardener. Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:12 pm Post subject: eucalyptus gunnii leaves goin brownish red Planted a little eucalyptus gunnii couple weeks ago and the lower leaves are starting to go brownish red. The tree is also causing a problem as almost half of it is overhanging my garden and blocking the guttering of my house in the front and back. I live in South Florida and the trees are located in full sunlight close to an acre-sized pond. Question: I have two rainbow eucalyptus trees, about 4' in height. Can you offer any advice please? 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