Late summer visitors to Mount Annan Botanic Garden can hear the sounds of loud thuds as the Bunya Pine drop their cones.
“This year the Bunya pines are producing some of the largest cones I’ve ever seen – and they certainly make a solid ‘thunk’ when they land,” said John Siemon, Curator Manager, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
“The cones are so big at times that for public safety we have to fence off around the trees.”
Bunya Pine's (Araucaria bidwillii) are a native of the subtropical rainforests in the mountains in south-east and northern Queensland.
“The Bunya pine can grow up to 35-40 metres in height. Historically conifer was commonly planted around homesteads in the Macarthur area (south-western Sydney). Over the years gardens have reduced in size and it is no longer possible for most people to grow their own tree,” said Mr Siemon.
“At the Australian Botanic Garden we decided to plant a number of these trees to ensure that it continues to be a signature planting for the area. We hope that in years to come you’ll be able to see them marching along the ridge as you drive down the motorway that passes by the Garden.”
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is Australia’s largest botanic garden, spread over 416 hectares. The Garden is a native species native garden and features an amazing living collection of flora from around Australia.
“The living collection is just the tip of the science and conservation role we play here. We are at the forefront of plant research, being home to Australian PlantBank and the Seedbank – the Noah’s Ark of the seed world, if you may. The Garden is a bit of a hidden gem – but absolutely worth the visit.”
To find out what's on at the garden visit www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au
The Garden is open every day of the year.
Autumn, Winter and Spring: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Summer: 8.00 am - 7.00 pm