Friday, June 15, 2007

Hambledon trees.

How's this for a huge Moreton Bay Fig tree? Dating to 1850's this magnificent tree seems to have escaped from the disease which has plagued the figs in Sydney's Hyde Park, causing them to be removed. Perhaps it is due to this land being part of a private residence till the 1960's when Parramatta Council purchased it from the owners who planned to build a pharmaceutical factory behind it? The trees at Hambledon have survived the droughts and vandals, but one has been damaged extensively by a lightning strike after being damaged by borers. The arborist has placed a protective sheath around it hoping to save the remaining portion, and extensive mulching around the drip lines of the trees seems to be helping with moisture retention. A truly magnificent sight.

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