Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's time to bring this tree back

I mean, look at it. Have you ever seen such a thing? 

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It is of course Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys).

It got used poorly in the 1970's and has basically been out of favour ever since. But we're smarter now so let's start using it again - only properly this time.

How? I would plant it en masse in the wide verges of arterial roads as the understorey to large gums such as Marri (Corymbia calophylla). Both species drop stonking great nuts, but in this setting, who cares?

Or here's another idea: put it with the black-trunked Iron Bark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon). Imagine that: the black trunks of the iron bark with the white trunks and red and yellow flowers of the Illyarrie, all under the intense blue of the Western Australian sky. Ripper tune, Boris!

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