Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Alphitonia excelsa , Red Ash

Dead trees are rarely left in landscapes or parks as they are deemed a safety risk, even though they provide an important bird habitat such as a nesting sites for parrots or as a vantage point for birds of prey.The tree below is an example of one such beauty which has been left, for the time being . It has strength and presence like the spires from work by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)

Antoni Gaudi (detail)

Worimi Dates sculpture from Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa)
in Hunter Region Botanic Garden
This large dead tree has been used by sculptor Worimi Dates to depict the life the Garuahgal people of Raymond Terrace in New South Wales.

Alphitonia excelsa Red Ash leaf detail
The Red Ash is a good small tree for gardens on the east coast reaching a manageable size of about 6 metres.It is noted for the conspicuous silver on the underside of the leaves which becomes more noticeable when the tree is blown by the wind.
2017 update: I used to grow this but no longer have plants for sale.

1 comment:

  1. uau! what a gorgeous sculpture! i just love it!