Mt Stir­ling Sum­mit Tree is a liv­ing trea­sure

Mt Buller News - - ON AND OFF THE SNOW -

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.

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