Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Blue Mountains Ash

Climbing up from the Pool of Siloam and further along the track, beautiful tall Blue Mountains Ash trees grow by the path. The bark strips from these trees in ribbons, to reveal a smooth silvery grey trunk.


Photo: Blue Mountains Ash, Leura

Words to walk with:
From signage supplied by the local bushcare group.
“Blue Mountains Ash (Eucalyptus oreades) is a common tall tree in sheltered sites in the Upper Blue Mountains. Blue Mountains Ash grows in sheltered moist sites with deeper soils that allow the development of large roots to support their height. Surrounding slopes protect them from strong winds. You will often see colonies of young trees about the same age which have regenerated from seed after the bush fire. If fires are too frequent these trees do not have time to set seed and numbers will decline.”


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