A couple of months ago the Community invited an Arborist, John Leone to come, look at our property and ID the trees(about 500) – list them and give a summary of each tree. This has fascinated me and I decided to spend some time in using the number of each tree, photograph each one as a picture ID – the number, the bark and the branches or tree and tell something about each one. It has been an interesting project. My sister, Doris and I have been working on the project and so far photographed a little over one hundred of the trees.
TREE OF THE WEEK: The Australian Tea Tree leptospermum laevigatum
What a fascinating tree this is. It is a native of Australia and New Zealand, called the tea tree because Captain Cook brewed a tea from the leaves and gave it to his crew to prevent scurvy (Information from Sunset Western Garden Book).) The tree is growing almost horizantally along the edge of the property. The branches seem to form a tray to carry the leaves. There are two trees on the property (not very far apart) . John recommends strongly that we preserve them.