Significant Trees: Orange Botanic Gardens

Location Orange Botanic Gardens, The Apple Orchard – Kearney’s Drive, Bletchington.

Tree Species Apple tree (Malus domestica) Crab apple (Malus spp.) Pear tree (Pyrus spp.)

Physical Description Historic Crab apples and apples are being cultivated as per a ‘Orchard’ style planting. Branch structures have been pruned to allow for controlled growth and exhibit a strong healthy form. The planting is characterised by the range of species: over 76 apple species and 25 crab apples.

Orange Botanic Gardens_apple2Statement of Significance The planting of the orchard at the Botanic Gardens has a scientific significance as collection of over 76 apple species and 25 crab apple species. There is evidence of a range of pruning approaches being experimented. The apple orchard also has significance for its link to the history of Orange as a fruit growing area.


Native Species 2

Location Orange Botanic Gardens, Indigenous Woodland Section – Kearney’s Drive, Bletchington.

Tree Species Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) Physical Description Scattered mature stands of Brittle Gum. Some forms of die back are apparent in a small percentage of trees. Specimens are open canopied although they do provide good shade.

Brittle Gum2Statement of Significance The Brittle Gum planting is representative of a broader shift in the philosophy of Australian botanic gardens schemes toward the valuing of Australian native species.

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