RFI Hoppers Crossing street trees

To: "albatross valdez" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: RFI Hoppers Crossing street trees
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 15:24:08 +1000
Hi David,

See below a list (in rank order) of the most common street tree taxa in 
Melbourne. It shows name, number of trees in Melb, percentage and then whether 
it's native N or exotic E. From my experience the eucalypts spp that attract 
lorikeets in Melbourne are Yellow Gum (often the prostate ssp such as Eukie 
Dwarf), Spotted Gum (an east coast sp found to down the Mimosa Rock NP), 
Lemon-scented gum (naturally in northern Qld) and Red Ironbark (which 
apparently originates from the south-east Qld pop).

I'd suggest the trees near you are either Yellow Gum or Spotted Gum, both of 
which are flowering at the moment.

One of the trees listed below is Smooth-barked Apple, which looks like a 
eucalypts but is actually an Angophora (to tell the difference Angophora have 
opposite leaves rather than alternate, and lack a bud cap). They seem quite 
popular with councils at the moment and are a lovely tree - however I've yet to 
notice lorikeets specifically feeding on them in any numbers.


Tim Dolby

Queensland brush box (Lophostemon confertus) 61,959 6.9 N
Snow-in-summer (Melaleuca linariifolia) 46,837 5.2 N
Purple-leaf cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra') 35,402, 3.9, E
Prickly-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca styphelioides) 31,049 3.4 N
Willow bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus) 27,427 3.0 N
London plane (Platanus × acerifolia) 25,870 2.9 E
Yellow gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) 20,677 2.3 N
Willow myrtle (Agonis flexuosa) 19,952 2.2 N
Desert ash (Fraxinus angustifolia spp. angustifolia) 19,614 2.2 E
Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) 17,422 1.9 N
Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) 17,411 1.9 N
Pin oak (Quercus palustris) 16,114 1.8 E
Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.) 15,939 1.8 N
Double-rose Cherry plum (Prunus × blireana) 14,315 1.6 E
Bracelet honey myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) 14,000 1.5 N
Narrow-leaved peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) 13,431 1.5 N
Prunus spp. 12,865 1.4 E
Norfolk Island hibiscus (Lagunaria patersonia) 12,521 1.4 N
Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) 12,353 1.4 E
Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) 11,933 1.3 E
Lilly pilly (Acmena smithii) 11,707 1.3 N
Kanooka, water gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) 10,758 1.2 N
Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) 10,526 1.2 N
White cedar (Melia azedarach) 10,059 1.1 E
Wallangara white gum (Eucalyptus scoparia) 9,829 1.1 N
Lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) 8,779 1.0 N
Red ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) 7,849 0.9 N
Sweet pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) 7,672 0.8 N
Silver birch (Betula pendula) 7,633 0.8 E
Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata) 7,128 0.8 N
Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis) 6,834 0.8 E
Claret ash (Fraxinus angustifolia ssp. oxycarpa 'Raywood') 6,336 0.7 E
Plane (Platanus spp.) 5,853 0.6 E
Crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) 5,783 0.6 N
Kings Park bottlebrush (Callistemon 'Kings Park Special') 5,777 0.6 N
Willow-leaved hakea (Hakea salicifolia [syn. H. saligna]) 5,689 0.6 N
Prunus 'Wrightii' 5,678 0.6 E
Silky oak (Grevillea robusta) 5,061 0.6 N
Cootamundra wattle (Acacia baileyana) 5,056 0.6 N
Unknown species 5,016 0.6 -
Callery's pear (Pyrus calleryana) 5,001 0.6 E
Elm (Ulmus spp.) 4,961 0.5 E
Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) 4,857 0.5 N
Oleander (Nerium oleander) 4,801 0.5 E
Hakea (Hakea spp.) 4,301 0.5 N
Christmas berry (Photinia × fraseri 'Robusta') 4,217 0.5 E
Camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) 4,071 0.5 E

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of albatross valdez
Sent: Friday, 1 May 2009 11:11 AM
To: birding-aus
Subject: RFI

Hi all,

I live in Hoppers Crossing Vic, and on Wednesday morning while visiting Hogans 
Corner shopping area I was happy to find the young trees planted about the 
carpark where flowering and attracting a lot of feeding activity.
Without bins I was able to get good close views of the following :- 
Yellow-winged H.E.
White-plumed H.E
Red wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet

My query is does someone on lit live in this area and know what type of 
flowering gums they are in that carpark, as Im interested to know what the 
Little Lorikeets like to feed on.

David Richardson

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