44-07 Significant trees in Park 5

Standing in-between Medindie Road and Lefevre Road, near the southern end of Park 5, you can see a number of significant trees.

(a) Weeping Myall

Quite close to this point you should be able to see two “Weeping Myall” trees. These trees get their name “weeping” because, like a “weeping willow” tree they have “weeping” or drooping branches. It's a type of acacia (acacia pendula) native to this area (also native to most of the eastern States) and is drought tolerant. These two specimens are well-established. They would have been planted by City Council gardeners many decades ago.

(b) River She-Oak
On the edge of Medindie Road is a river she-oak, which is easily over one hundred years old. Often confused for a pine, it is actually a flowering casuarina. The genus casuarina derives its name from the word for cassowary, and it’s easy to see the similarity between the she-oak’s foliage and the cassowary’s feathers.

Species related to this one have been found in the fossil record dating back to the time of Gondwanaland. Old specimens like this one are important to native birdlife: the cone-like fruit are a source of food for black cockatoos; rainbow lorikeets and finches eat the seeds; while willy wagtails, butcher-birds, and peewees (magpie larks) favour the she-oak for nesting.

(c) One Canary Island Pine
Also in sight on the opposite side of the Park, on the edge of Lefevre road, is a Canary Island Pine tree. It is the same species that you saw at the beginning of the walk off O’Connell street at North Adelaide.

(d) Many Norfolk Island Pines
Look further along Lefevre Road to the north-west, and you will see many Norfolk Island Pine Trees lining both sides of the road.

Back in 1921, the Adelaide City Council approved the planting of 44 Norfolk Island Pines along Lefevre Road, at a cost of 70 pounds. This original planting has since been maintained with additional plantings and the replacement of dead or unhealthy trees. You can see that the trees on the other side of the road (in Park 4) are much taller than the trees on this side in Park 5. This means that most of the original 1920's trees on this side of the road would have died and been replaced more recently.

Now walk over to Lefevre Road and onto the bicycle path. Head north towards the public toilet.



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