Mt Stirling Summit Tree is a living treasure
THE Mt Stirling Summit Tree, estimated to be almost 500 years old, is unique.
The Mt Stirling Summit Tree was nominated for listing by the Friends of Mt Stirling and the Victorian National Parks Association.
Last week it was announced that the Stirling Tree had placed second in the 2016 Victorian Tree of the Year competition.
The winner was a Mountain Ash known as the ‘Kalatha Giant’ at Kalatha Creek, Toolangi.
This Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), known as the ‘Kalatha Giant’, is thought to be at least 400 years old, 65 metres tall and the 7th largest tree in Victoria (by volume).
The tree bears a very old scar at its heavily buttressed base (possibly from 1851) and is hollow all the way up its trunk.
After the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, the Toolangi and Castella community constructed a walking trail to the tree - for many, it is a resilient symbol of bushfire survival.
The full results for Victorian Tree of the Year were:
1st Mountain Ash known as the ‘Kalatha Giant’ at Kalatha Creek, Toolangi;
2nd Snow Gum, Summit Track, Mount Stirling;
3rd Lemon-scented Gums, Swanston Street roundabout, Carlton;
4th Golden Elm, Punt Road & Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra;
5th Japanese Maple, The Crescent, Sassafras;
6th Blue Atlas Cedar, Wombat Hill Botanic Garden, Daylesford;
7th Moreton Bay Fig, Werribee Park;
8th Queensland Kauri – Burnley Gardens, Richmond;
9th English Oak, Former Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth.
The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has classified more than 20,000 trees in 1200 locations across the state on its Register of Significant Trees.
LIVING TREASURE: The iconic Mt Stirling Summit Tree is now on the National Trust of Australia’s Register of Significant Trees.