Loss of mature native trees

To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: Loss of mature native trees
From: John Layton <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 01:26:17 +0000

Sometimes trees native to the area can prove a failure as far as landscaping aesthetics are concerned.

A case in point being the Blakely’s red gum Eucalyptus blakelyi, a ubiquitous species native to the ACT and a wide area of SE Australia, but one which is susceptible to heavy attack by psyllids  which can disfigure and drain the tree’s vitality. This species was once planted along Northbourne Avenue but as the National Capital Development Commission received continual criticism, often from tourists driving into Canberra along Northbourne, to the effect that “all those trees are dying,” the Blakely’s red gums were replaced by another species of eucalyptus the name of which now escapes me but I think they were commonly called Swamp Peppermints.

Although not a native of the area they did well here and looked green and lush year round, and the birds appeared to accept them. Alas, I’m told the Swamp Peppermints have now gone to make way for Andrew’s “albino pachyderm.”


John Layton


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