45-07 Native apricot tree

At this point where the path straightens up to head north, look across to the west, on your left – towards the railway line. About 10 metres away from the path, you should be able to see five massive logs, old tree trunks, lying in a row on the ground. The old logs are forming a barrier to protect a small tree with multiple slender grey trunks, a weeping appearance and long, slender leaves. This is a very rare specimen.

Most of the trees within the Adelaide Park Lands were planted after European settlement, and chosen by various Adelaide City head gardeners over the years.

However there are some remnant native species that still exist having survived despite human intervention.

The latin name for this tree is Pittosporum angustifolium. It has a variety of common names: weeping pittosporum, butterbush, cattle bush, gumbi gumbi, or berrigan. Here in Adelaide it is called a native apricot.

The native apricot might be called either a large shrub or a small tree. It grows mostly in inland Australia.

It’s a slow growing plant, usually seen between two and six metres high, though exceptional specimens may exceed ten metres.

It is drought and frost resistant. It can survive in areas with rainfall as low as 150 mm per year. A resilient desert species, individual trees may live for over a hundred years.

This might be the largest Native Apricot tree growing wild anywhere on the Adelaide plains.

From this point, walk northwards and then turn right onto a dirt track.

The dirt track runs east-west through the centre of this Park.

Walk up the slope, with an embankment on your right, and then stop at the crest, before you get to the fenced tennis courts.



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