Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Around the Sanctuary – Flowering Gum Trees

By Chris R.

Many of the native trees in the Valley this year were very late to flower, with buds not becoming evident until the new year. Come the end of January, however, the long awaited blooming was well worth the wait, with the Sanctuary’s  gum trees producing masses of flowers like never before! 

The marri (Corymbia calophylla) and red flowering gum (Eucalyptus ficifolia) burst into colour overnight, much to the excitement of the insects, birds and possums. They provide incredible forage for many of the animals in care – you can just imagine the excitement!  

After the trees' record flowering, the grounds of the Sanctuary are carpeted with a sea of colourful stamens. But it’s not the end of native treats as soon there will be copious gumnuts for the parrots – the natural delicacies just keep on coming!

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