Slice of Life Story Challenge March 3 - I Talk of A Tree
If I swivel around in my chair as I sit at my computer, I can look out the study window directly at a most unusual tree. It stands outside my back fence on a strip of land maintained by my local council. This tree is a Bushy Yate. It is known scientifically as the Eucalyptus Lehmannii (we are all richer for knowing that little factoid) and is a native of
. It is
not a particularly attractive tree. Rugged at best, some might say. Western Australia
It remains unpopular with gardeners as it tends to be a quite messy character –dropping leaves, branches and oversized seed pods on a regular basis. They scatter like shrapnel when struck by a mower. -Zinging pieces in all directions. Golf courses tend to avoid growing them.
For me, the thing that redeems this maligned specimen is its ability to attract native birds. Gang-Gang Cockatoos love them. So too the Lorikeets. Its flowers and fruit are like magnets to birds. Green-yellow flowers form in ball shaped clusters. The seed cases that form from these flowers are extremely hard, spiky and knobbly. They are almost the size of a tennis ball.
The Bushy Yate is not a pleasantly shaped tree, although I do like the irregular patterns that form on its trunk. For me, it remains an intriguing tree with redeeming qualities. -Unfashionably beautiful if you like, – a bit like some people.
|The spiky seed pods of the Bushy Yate|
|A closer view of these amazing seeds|
|A Gang Gang Cockatoo demolished a seed pod |
|The trunk of the Bushy Yate|