--effectively shaping the tree to be quite compact.
Despite it being very ornamental, with light green leaves, having
delightfully scented lilac flowers in spring, being covered in yellow or orange
berries, and almost always with birds in it, White Cedars are a very high
maintenance proposition. They are deciduous, shed twigs, dead leaves and
berries for months, as noted, Currawongs regurgitate the berries into bird
after digesting the outer flesh, but worst of all are the hairy processional
caterpillars. White Cedar moths lay eggs on the new spring foliage, when they
hatch and grow the caterpillars I migrate down the trunk at night and hide
under the bark or dirt, eventually thousands of them litter around the tree.
There is a simple solution, with apologies to any Caterpillar Rights activists
reading this. Ie, spray a 20 cm band of residual insecticide around the
trunk, the grubs touch it on their way down and expire.
Otherwise on the lookout for the fabled Currajong tree.
Not religious but am hoping and praying that Global Warming will
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