Thursday, 5 November 2015

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 135 - AGONIS

Agonis flexuosa is a species of tree in the Myrtaceae family, that grows in the south west of Western Australia. It is easily the most common of the Agonis species, and is one of the most recognisable trees of Western Australia, being commonly grown in parks and on road verges in Perth. The species is commonly known as Western Australian peppermint, Swan River peppermint or peppermint, and willow myrtle for its weeping habit. One may also encounter this tree commonly in Melbourne, although more of a garden specimen, rather than planted in masses or in verges.

A. flexuosa occurs mainly as a small and robust tree, usually less than 10 metres tall, although it may grow to 15 metres. It has fibrous, brown bark, and long, narrow, dull green leaves, with tightly clustered inflorescences of small, white flowers in the axes. It grows in a weeping habit, and looks remarkably like the weeping willow from a distance. Leaves are narrow and reach a length of 150mm. It is most readily identified by the powerful odour of peppermint emitted when the leaves are crushed or torn. It flowers between August and December. The fruit is a hard capsule, 3 – 4 mm across, with three valves containing many small seeds,

The tree is used in mass plantings, such as street trees, and has been introduced to Rottnest and Garden Islands near its native region. Agonis flexuosa is an attractive garden or specimen tree in temperate climates. However, care must be exercised in selecting it for small areas, as in a yard setting. Quick growing, the tree produces a large amount of detritus and its trunk sometimes becomes large and disproportionate to the rest of the tree.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.







1 comment:

  1. It is definitely NOT fall in your part of the world. I love the second shot. The tree with its blooms look to be hiding the house. The sky in the first is such a pretty blue.

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