We have a gorgeous gum tree in the front of our yard. Unfortunately the previous owners planted it too close to the retaining wall and driveway and the shallow roots of the tree are cracking open both.
We've had an arborist out and the small hope there might be some way to save the tree was dashed. It has to go.
Our eucalypt is a beautiful tree. Not only aesthetically with its multi-coloured scraggy bark, but for all the wildlife it attracts, especially birds. Cockatoos, currawongs, ravens, magpies, butcher birds and tree creepers to name a few.
It's not only birds we find in the tree; insect life flourishes as well.
Cicadas, ants, beetles and bugs have all made the tree their home. The
other day we found a white-stemmed gum moth caterpillar making its way
down the tree. This is a rather large caterpillar (its The Hub's fingers
in the photo), and not commonly seen.
It's going to be a sad day when the tree finally comes down.