Tuesday, 10 August 2010

More winter colour (subtle version)

Although not as vivid as that of some of the trees on this property, the new growth of bolly wood or bolly gum (Neolitsea dealbata) is one of my favourites. The trees, which occur along the rainforest edge, are covered in big, soft, fluffy, pearl white new leaves that are as decorative as flowers.

As the leaves grow, they turn light green, then pale milk chocolate before maturing into the shiny two-tone of the adult form. These new leaves haven't quite reached milk chocolate stage yet, but it won't be long.

You don't need a garden full of bright flowers when the trees put on shows like this.


Bernie said...

This is a new one for me ... and it's lovely. Such beautiful leaves! Thanks for sharing this great plant.

Snail said...

It's quite common here as a regrowth species. Gorgeous tree. I suspect it could be quite invasive in the wrong habitat, but it would make a splendid specimen plant.

desertnutmeg said...

Those are beautiful! Do they "glow" at night, being silver? If so, how magical is that!

Snail said...

They definitely stand out from the surrounding gloom!

When I lived in Townsville, I had a cadaghi (a type of tropical forest eucalypt) in my garden. Beautiful tree, but a pest in the wrong place. It produced huge numbers of white blossoms that were just about fluorescent. The fruit bats must have seen the tree from miles away.

forestwalk/laura k said...

beautiful plant and terrific pictures!! i love the close-up shots!! gorgeous!! thanks!!

desertnutmeg said...

Snail-how cool! I always wanted to try having a "Moon Garden" all white and fragrant flowers.
The other thing it reminded me of was Wooly Lambs Ears (LOVE them and miss them).
Stachys byzantina -if anyone is interested in the botanical name.