Category Archives: phenological cycles

The black box sapling that didn’t get the email!

For the drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant species black box (Eucalyptus largiflorens), normally found at higher elevations and outer edges of Murray-Darling floodplains, the accepted wisdom is that young trees need to be 20-30 years old in order to produce seed. This time-span is … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum May-December 2016

The red gum in our street started 2016 with a high volume of healthy buds, but these were steadily lost in windy storms through the year. After the tree dropped its eighth branch in 12 months, in May the Council … Continue reading

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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – January-March 2016

  Following the disappointing flower crop in November and December, the red gum on our footpath produced a strong bud crop for the New Year, raising hopes of strong flowering in late 2016. In early January, the tree followed the … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – November-December 2015

And to complete the year’s diary in the life of a red gum . . . By mid-November, it was clear that the flower crop on the red gum this year was very small. There was minimal scatter on the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – August & September 2015

Stormy and windy winter weather continued into August, causing a constant rain of debris from the red gum in our street. The fallen material included small branches and twigs, with green mature buds, green-brown mature fruit still holding seed, and … Continue reading

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