Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Exhibit A

I talk below (and just about everywhere else on this blog) about the fear of big trees we now have in Perth. Here's a classic example.

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This was a delightful culdesac in White Gum Valley. 

It was lined both sides with Lemon-scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) and Marri (Eucalyptus calyophylla).

They would have been planted in the 1980's I reckon.

But now, in 2016, we're infilling the gaps with Silver Princess! (Eucalyptus caesia 'Silver Princess')

Signs of the times alright.


  1. Grayden,

    We heard from our council (Nedlands) that the larger trees would grow into the underground power. I've had neighbours say that the trees near houses attract termites. And, my old farmer neighbour said the trees are attracted to grow into sewer lines. How many of these fears are true?

  2. Hi Shauna

    Wow, you've certainly been given all the bad news!

    Here's my thoughts on the things you mention:

    1. One of the main reasons we went to underground power was so that we can HAVE trees. Does that mean a tree won't at some time cause some damage to some underground power in some place? No, of course not. Does that mean we should never plant big trees where we have underground power? No, of course not.

    2. Termites are everywhere. You could argue that putting trees in actually gives them something to munch on OTHER than your house :) Seriously though, the answer is to protect your house from termites whether you have trees or not.

    3. Trees attracted to sewer lines? Not a problem since we moved to PVC (plastic) sewer pipes years ago. Yes, the old earthenware ones were easily penetrated by fine tree roots but they went out with the ark.

    Hope this helps.