by Paul Alessi
Autumn is the best time to plant native farm trees in Windellama, If frosts have already started and you are planting out colder sites along gully and creek lines make sure your potted tubestock have been slowly hardened off, if the correct species have been chosen most will survive the coldest conditions. Hill slopes and hill tops are a few degrees warmer but can have less moisture and poorer soil so choosing the most appropriate species will maximise your success. For deciduous trees it's best to wait until mid winter to plant out.
The following two species have been successful in Windellama.
Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans)
This is the one and only true Mountain Ash, a native to Victoria and Tasmania only and does not occur naturally in NSW, the trees in the photograph were planted around 10 years ago and the tallest is now 45 ft high, the site for these was chosen carefully, they are in a black soil gully that is home to tall White Stringybarks and are protected from the wind in all directions by the surrounding slopes and remaining stringybarks. The timber of Mountain Ash is marketed under the name " Tasmanian Oak"
A Mountain Ash tree was the tallest tree in the world standing at 470ft high (143m) If the trees in the photographs get to half this height they will be visible from most parts of Windellama and beyond.
Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
This species is
native to the West Coast and Rocky Mountains of the USA, once
called Giant Arbor-vitae
they can grow to 197ft (60m) in height. The timber is soft, reddish-brown, exceptionally light and will
last a lifetime out of doors without any chemical treatment, the timber is also very valuable and is used for nearly
all cedar cladding on houses, outdoor furniture, boats, ladders, poles etc.
The tree in the
photo is a feature tree in our house paddock and was planted 15
years ago, it's now
14 years since I watered it and despite it being planted in quite poor yellow clay it is now over 43 ft high.
Western Red Cedar may be a more valuable alternative to Radiata Pine for the Windellama area.
We have some native
tubestock for sale at the moment, and they are are hardened
off ready for planting, phone 48445149
Paul Alessi 2006
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