These massive trees are a feature planting at Wittunga Botanical Gardens. I am sure they are far from full grown, but they are huge! I gathered fallen leaves from beneath them and since I was playing a game of trying to identify eucalypts as I walked up to them but before I could see their name tags–I guessed they were E Saligna. My eucalypt handbook assures me the two are closely related, so perhaps I’m learning something…
I had a significant amount of plant material relative to this tiny sample, but apparently this tree gives colour. There were, of course, so many beautiful plants. This one is Calistemon Rugulosus var Rugolosus:
There is also a magnificent persimmon tree in the grounds. Perhaps it pre-dates the gardens, since they are focused on Australian and South African plants. A persimmon in autumn is always a glorious sight, but this one is huge and spreading and even more magnificent than those I can see in my neighbourhood right now.
And, of course, it is in fruit–those glowing orbs are just so beautiful… I’ve been investing in a couple each week at the farmer’s market and they are delectable!