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Seedling donations to top 45,000

DATE 15/06/2011

FORESTRY Tasmania will donate more than 12,000 seedlings to community and land care groups and schools for National Tree Day in July.

 The seedlings are being raised at the Forest Nursery at Perth with seed from the Tasmanian Seed Centre. Assistant nursery manager Carlton Cox said this year’s donation would bring the total seedlings given away by FT to 45,000 since it began participating in National Tree Day five years ago.

 “As they grow the seedlings not only help beautify areas all around the state but they also provide shade as well as a habitat for native animals and capture carbon,” he said.

 “FT community liaison officers surveyed organisations’ requirements and as a result this year’s seedlings will include a greater variety of smaller shrubs and trees.”

 They include the Dodonaea viscosa or hop bush which is very hardy, generally grows to two to three metres and prefers light sandy soils. Also available are Callistemon pallidus (lemon bottlebrush), Melaleuca squarrosa (scented paperbark) and Leptospermum scoparium, manuka or tea tree which all make good screen plants. The bottlebrush is a tough and hardy frost tolerant species that attracts birds. The tips should be pruned to maintain shape and promote flowering. The scented paperbark grows to about five metres and has fine scented leaves and yellowish-white bottlebrush flowers that are also attractive to birds. The tea tree grows to between two and five metres. It is a hardy shrub which has white flowers in spring and grows in many conditions, including part shade.

Medium sized trees include Acacia sophorae, or coast wattle which tolerates sandy soils and salty winds and grows from two to eight metres. Allocasuarina verticillata or she oak is very hardy and frost, wind and drought resistant and grows in coastal through to dry elevated midlands environments. In contrast the Corymbia ficifolia or red flowering gum is frost tender, but drought resistant and tolerates moderate coastal conditions. It grows from six to 10 metres.

Eucalyptus cordata (Tasmanian silver gum) is endemic to Tasmania and is medium sized tree with attractive blue foliage. It is a small tree in drier locations and taller in good conditions and the Eucalyptus rodwayi (swamp peppermint) grows up to 20 metres.

Larger trees available include Acacia melanoxylon (Tasmanian blackwood), Eucalyptus subcrenulata (alpine yellow gum) and Eucalytus rubida (candlebark).

 

For more information or to place an order, phone 6235 8333 to be directed to the nearest district community liaison officer, or email forestry.tasmania@forestrytas.com.au