As I say in the video, many of these trees weren’t planted very deeply and so haven’t had a fair go.
The Nitens lower down were planted properly, though the ground there can get quite saturated and this loosens the roots grip on the soil.
It is sad to see these trees like this, though I wasn’t entirely surprised.
My avenue of Viminalis were starting to create a really nice avenue, though I staked quite a few of them last year and I knew they had issues.
It is advantageous to stake trees to give them support until they establish, though most Eucalyptus grow so quickly that it isn’t really an option. Better to plant well and in groups so they can support each other. The ground all the way down the bank, what is called a ditch here in Ireland gets saturated during the winter and as I say, saturated ground loosens the roots grip. Perhaps one of the Swamp Gums would have been a better choice.
Though the foliage and bark on the Viminalis was beautiful this year, so I will give them another go.
The roots of the first Viminalis to fall
These Viminalis along the bank are growing straight and strong. They were planted well, so 🤞🏼 the replacements will be sturdier trees.
I was surprised at some of the Nitens, both ways, there were those I though would be down for sure, taking the full blast of the gale, and others as below I though were growing strongly enough to survive
Likewise this Dalrympleana up by the poly tunnels was a sturdy tree, though when I went to take the photos, quite a few others in the area were at a slant, even a very well planted Glaucescens. When I went out to secure the poly tunnel doors, the gusts from Storm Barra were ferocious !
Perhaps it is more exposed in the area around the poly tunnel, or the wind currents blowing straight up the bank have a more severe impact ?
Anyway I was surprised at how battered the Gunnii hedge is