46-11 - The trees of Palmer Gardens

Each edge of the Palmer Gardens triangle features a different species of tree.

Here on the eastern side, the garden is lined with what botanists call “Quercus palustris” – commonly known as Pin Oak or Swamp Spanish Oak.

On the northern edge is a row of jacaranda trees – which are in bloom every November.

On the western edge are several Ginkgo trees - “Ginkgo biloba” also known as a Maidenhair tree. It is a deciduous tree native to China, Korea and Japan. Ginkgo leaves and seeds have a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine for a range of conditions. Ginkgo is one of the most widely used herbal medicines. There are more than 400 products that contain Ginkgo on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The Therapeutic Goods Administration says these listed medicines and are commonly indicated for stimulating blood circulation.

Other notable trees include:

• north of the Ginkgo along the western edge are three Chinese Pistachio trees;
• In the centre of the gardens are four Norfolk Island Pine trees;
• In the southern central section there are four Golden Himalayan cedars;
• Nearby there are also two Weeping Golden Cypress trees;
• two very old European Olives (on the western side);
• several Norfolk Island Hibiscus trees (near the centre); and
• a very large camphor laurel tree in the northern part of the gardens.

However the most dominant tree in the Gardens, by far, is the towering gum tree near the southern corner. This is a Sugar Gum and probably dates from the 1880s if not earlier.

At the southern tip of Palmer Gardens are two Date Palms. If you walked to that point you would get a good view of Colonel Light’s statue, across Pennington Terrace in Park 26.

You would also have tree-filtered views of the city skyline and the Adelaide Oval complex.

But this trail now continues only a little further south along the eastern side of Palmer Place, past Kermode Street. Walk until you reach number 95 Palmer Place. That’s where you’ll start to learn about some of the historic buildings that surround these Gardens.

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