Friday, December 24, 2010

It's bark is worse in this light

Eucalyptus saligna forms a continuous hybrid with E. pilularis
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The three 50m trees in our backyard are probably slightly towards the saligna end of the spectrum as the branch forks are more open than the pronounced, upright V's of the blackbutts and the perminant bark just covers slightly more than a quarter of the main trunk. The rest of the smooth bark (an infra-red reflecting adaption to frequent fires) sheds annually.
Why the science lesson?:
Our backyard is covered in a substantial layer of bark.
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These photos were taken the day after we mowed - less than 24 hrs.

Off on holls down the coast - I'll take some photos for you so you know what you are missing out on.

Any way, Merry Xmas, and a 'appy new one.

Chat next year.

Cheers

5 comments:

Ute said...

That's nothin'. You should see the gum leaves our gums drop! Summer sucks. We do have a lawn. But you can't see it for fckn leaves!

Anyhoo... have a happy Chrissy, and great New Year, Dude.

xox

Fusion said...

Same thing happens in southern California with the Eucalyptus tres there (that were imported from Australia). The photos brimg back memories of high school, where there were many such trees.

Happy Christmas to you and your family!

Bambam said...

All the best for 2011 for you Steve, cheers!

xl said...

Happy New Year!
Turn it up to 11!

fingers said...

An enterprising kid with a shredder might be able to make a decent living selling cheap bark mulch to local gardeners...