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 few 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.
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.