Diary of a red gum — October 2015

Catch up time to complete the red gum diary!

In early October, the red gum lost a close neighbouring tree, when the adjacent red-flowering gum Corymbia ficifolia was removed after it succumbed to an infestation of borers, dying in a matter of a fewmore space for red gum weeks. This removed a major competitor for light and water, so the red gum will have the opportunity for growth and expansion of its canopy.
Through October, the red gum continued to shed a steady stream of mature buds and mature fruit, as well as small twigs. In late October, it commenced flowering but only lightly. The promising bud crop from January did not survive through to flowering, in part due to the severe impact of the hail storm in September, which stripped much of the bud and fruit crops, as well as leaves.

oct2015 mature budsoct2015 light flowering

However, an important piece of information has been gained, as it became clear that October is the key productive month for this tree, dominated by production of  new leaves and flowers and open mature fruit on the ground indicating this is the time of maximum seed rain.oct2015 mature open fruit

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About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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