Quality Eucalyptus hybrid Trees | SPGS III Certified
P. O. Box 74832, Kampala, Uganda
Mon-Sat: 08:30 - 17:00
03 Jan 2018

Who should be thinking about this?

Business investors that need less volatile ventures but with a higher Return on Investment (RoI),

Parents who want to secure premium education that would otherwise be expensive for their children,

Politicians who want to invest and earn considerably well to fund their next campaigns, or perhaps provide a cushion for their exit strategy,

Corporates that would want to secure their financial positions and strengthen the asset base (home, car, farming etc),

Institutions that seek to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility through giving back to communities – Tree planting for better income, alternative source of income to deforestation, conservation etc.

Individuals that are approaching retirement and would want to land softly. This investment option is less risky, has a higher RoI, it is less demanding and needs less supervision.

Companies that need cheaper, alternative sources of energy for their production process.

Ugandans living abroad and looking for a worthy and safe investment at home.

We have varieties that are suitable for both hot and cool regions of the country.

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or if you would like a meeting to further discuss this issue.

03 Jan 2018

WHY YOU SHOULD GROW HYBRID EUCALYPTUS CLONES

Hybrids are composed of scientifically and systematically selected and intentionally combined qualities tailored to pre-conceived socio-economic and ecological situations. Cloning ensures transfer of pure desired genetic material constituted in the hybrid. There is no undesirable stray/accidental cross pollination of the unwanted varieties.

Eucalyptus clones have no taproots and therefore do not harvest water from deeper layers of soil. Clones grow faster because they do not have very deep roots. Usually, more than 50 percent of the tree’s roots are in the top six inches of soil. Most favourable growing conditions are in the upper profile of soil; moisture and nutrients are first available near the surface in water and nutrient cycling. Roots extend laterally for considerable distances.

The longitudinal grains of the stem are straighter and uniform because they are not subjected to the growth-halt shocks and stresses resulting from the taproots injuries, as they struggle o penetrate the hard soil pan, stones and rocks.

Hybrids are capable of harnessing the best qualities of their constituent species, so they perform better under a greater variety of conditions that challenge non-hybrids.

By selecting individual trees (the best performers), the shape, size and height will be consistent. For qualities that are beneficial for products such as transmission poles, it is extremely and commercially important to get a very tall-straight-uniform pole that attracts the best price in the shortest possible time.

  • Hybrids also have more resistance to most tropical pests and diseases that attack non-hybrid trees.
  • Hybrids can adapt better to a wider range of climatic and soil conditions.
  • Hybrids can provide higher and faster yields especially if planting and maintenance are done adequately.

Uganda receives rainfall of between 800mm per annum (in the drier parts) and 2000mm per annum (in the Lake Victoria region), providing a great planting climate for a variety of tree hybrids.

03 Jan 2018

WHAT ARE HYBRID EUCALYPTUS CLONES?

A Hybrid is essentially a cross-breed between two or more plant varieties of the same species – in this case, two eucalyptus varieties. The varieties selected by Researchers, to make the most suitable hybrids for Uganda were: E. Grandis, E. Camaldulensis and E. Urophylla.

E. Grandis is always the mother tree in the hybridization process, allowing its best traits in variety whilst also allowing the other varieties to contribute their best traits in combination. Once the cross-breeds are produced, then seeds from the most vigorous individual mother trees are selected based on field performance and physical characteristics; they are then propagated by harvesting shoot-cuttings and inserting them in prepared pots for subsequent multiplication.

Grown up shoot cuttings of different mother plants are then taken through field trials. It is this process which determines the field performance of individual hybrid varieties – leading to the grading such as GC 550, GC 796, GU 7, GU 8 etc.

UTRL produces various GU (E. Grandis and E. Urophylla) which perform well in cooler climates where rainfall is plentiful. GC (E. Grandis and E. Camaldulensis) hybrid clones are known to perform best in hotter climates with less rainfall.