Selecting trees for parks and gardens …

Trees from the East Kimberley can be found in West Kimberley gardens, pictured below. Here is a selection for a friend interested in some shady trees for the East Kimberley.

Terminalia canescens 2

Terminalia canescens, the Wingnut Tree

Corymbia ptychocarpa

Red flowering Swamp Bloodwood, Corymbia ptychocarpa

Corymbia ptychocarpa in all it’s red glory at northwestplants.nethttps://northwestplants.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/corymbia-ptychocarpa.jpg?w=726&h=763

Beautiful!

Below is the Halls Creek Ghost Gum, featuring large grey leaves and white flowers.

Eucalyptus pantoleuca insert

Eucalyptus pantoleuca, Halls Creek Ghost Gum

Eucalyptus pantoleuca, Halls Creek Ghost Gum

Melaleuca argentea

Melaleuca argentea

The next two are of Eucalyptus brevifolia, the Snappy Gum found on hillsides and rocky outcrops.Eucalyptus brevifolia1 Corymbia brevifoliaSome more include some stunners like the Freshwater Mangrove found on various rivers and wetlands, Barringtonia acutangula:

Barringtonia acutangula

Barringtonia acutangula

Something a bit shorter and wider, the Black Tea Tree, spreading to several metres wide on maturity,

Melaleuca bracteata

Melaleuca bracteata

One for the birds and animals, Ficus racemosa,

Cluster Fig, Ficus racemosa

Cluster Fig, Ficus racemosa

and another large fig, Ficus virens, a Banyan Fig.Ficus virens

Nectar laden flowers of Bauhinia cunninghamii

Nectar laden flowers of Bauhinia cunninghamii

My choices have to include a favorite, widespread Kimberley tree, Bauhinia cunninghamii, Bauhinia cunninghamii insertSome fine architectural Pandanus Palms could be a feature:

Pandanus spiralis ssp

Pandanus spiralis ssp

This hardy tree is a Woolly-butt, found on the tops of sanddunes and on rocky pindan soils,

Eucalyptus miniata, Woolly-butt Tree

Eucalyptus miniata, Woolly-butt Tree

ccI could keep going, our nurseries have many other species that would do, including Planchonia careya, Brachychiton diversifolia, the Boab, Adansonia gregorii and Mimusops elengi.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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