Hi could any tell me what type of tree this is, I’m down southwest of western aus we predominantly have jarrah and Mari in the area, I believe this trail behind my property has been related by the local shire so may not be native to this area. Thanks
Bit hard to tell. The bark on the nearest trunk look different to the 3 at the back. Are they all coppiced of the same tree?
A close up of the bark, leaves and flower might help.
Hi yes all 4 trunks are of the one tree. Will try get a better pic. Thanks
The flowers looks similar the bark bit hard to tell as it’s a young tree
The photos were just examples of how close you need to be to get detail.
Also are there any nuts ?
Don’t tempt me @busso… I can’t believe I am letting you get away with that one!
That’s a lovely tree, @laney - do the bees like it?
Hi Eva, yes I collected a swarm that was a mates place and I placed them in a 5 frame Nuc box and have put them close to this tree and are all over it
I thought he was going to ask for photos of the nuts too.
Wilfred is now officially sulking. My dignity is shattered.
@laney Not much to go on those photos of yours don’t show much detail. And can not say with any certainty but my best guess Eucalyptus pilularis and like a bunch of other Eucalypti is commonly referred to as a “Blackbutt”. Not native to your area and belongs on the East coast of Auss.
Hi sorry I haven’t been back down for a few days I will take better pics next time I’m there.
You can restore that dignity - I see that you are the arbor man on this forum, can you let me know which is the best tree ID guide most relevant for the south west of WA, including the Perth region?
It will be the Christmas present for myself.
Gum Trees of the Bunbury Region
This is a City of Bunbury publication downloadable but again I do not have the link.
Honey plants in Western Australia
F G. Smith
This is a WA Gov Dept of Agriculture publication available online.
A planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators
by Mark Leech
This is an Australian Government guide downloadable you will have to look it up as I don’t have the link.
All these publications are available on line but you will have to search for them. Dr Google is your friend.
You have to balance the need to have bee food for all year round with the ideals of planting only local native trees.
I have tried to ensure a constant blossom of suitable for bees all year round. This has meant I have many trees from the Eastern Coast of Australia to supplement local trees. As you will find in your search you will find many government sponsored publication on trees for honey production.
Chart a number of trees which cover all seasons and research which you would like to plant.
To help you choose visit your local library ( I like books ) or look them up on line.
Despite rumours you might hear here I am not an authority on trees. My soils here are gutless white and yellow sand with a tiny corner of gravelly clay. What I grow in my soils may not suit your soils
As a guide, I have found these trees, in addition to the major nectar flow tree of Marri and Jarrah, to be vigorous and easy to grow in my soils and climate;
Summer Flowering: E. botryoides, E cladocalyx and E melliodora
Autumn Flowering : Corymbia maculata, C gummifera and E microcarpa
Winter Flowering : E citradora, E. siderlxylon E crebra and Karri
Spring Flowering : E agglomerata, E. globulus, all the callistmon spp, many grevillea spp
Always keep in mind the size and vigor of the trees and you will find the trees from the East coast to be very messy with regard the accumulation of fallen debris and like California found, some trees can be weeds
Thanks Wilfred. Actually I want a good ID guide to identify native trees when I go for bush walks and camping. I struggle to ID anything apart from the common ones.
My shire here have a basic flora one mainly for small flowering plants. It’s dog eared and I use it a lot.
Flora of the Perth Region 1&2 would be a good go to book. Rare now and pricey.
I’ll ask one of the authors for alternative recommendations when I have Xmas dinner with them.
Not at local library? Always good to spend a few hours in the air conditioned library when the temp outside is 40C +