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A number of our oak trees date back to the origins of the gardens and are over a 100 years old. These lovely shady trees have withstood a great deal in their time. The metal collars that we currently see are to keep the possums at bay. When under stress, the leaves of the trees can become particularly attractive to possums who do a lot of damage to the trees. However, since the installation of our irrigation system, the trees are doing much better and we hope they last a good bit longer. ... See MoreSee Less

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Common name Jerusalem sage: Phlomis fruticosa is a species of flowering plant of the Lamiaceae family, native to Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and regions of the former Yugoslavia. It is a small evergreen shrub, up to 1 m tall by 1.5 m wide. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lovely green shade. And, one of our lovely new Norfolk Pines. Araucaria heterophylla, an ancient member of the conifer family Araucariaceae, it achieved its maximum diversity during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, when it was distributed almost worldwide. Now endemic to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia, about 1440 km east of Sydney. It is a slow growing tree, reaching a height of 50–65 m, with straight vertical trunks and symmetrical branches. Often seen growing along foreshores where it withstands prevailing winds and salt. ... See MoreSee Less

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