Burnley’s Significant Trees

Four of Burnley’s trees were listed on the National Trust’s Register of Significant Trees. They were Agathis robusta, Erythrina caffra, Podocarpus elatus, and Quercus suber.


Erythrina caffra flowering in the Burnley Gardens, probably in the 1960s. Photo from the Burnley Plant Guide.

We are sad to announce that the magnificent Erythrina caffra has succumbed to an infestation of Phyophthora cinnamomi, and was removed on 15/10/2015. It was listed by the Trust as being 80 years old, which surprised Garden Manager Andrew Smith as being too young. The dendrochronologist at Burnley counted some rings, and was able to count back 50 years before the inner decay stopped ring counting. Some of the ring growth was very wide, indicating rapid growth in some years. Only three trees remain on the register. The National Trust have been informed.

In addition, seven of our trees are registered by Heritage Victoria: the Agathis robusta and Quercus suber above, as well as the Sugar Gum, Eucalyptus cladocalyx (now removed), two English Elms, Ulmus procera, which originally formed part of an avenue of elms that lined the road to the punt across the Yarra River, before the bridge was built, the Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens, and Quercus robur, the English or Common Oak that gives the Oak Lawn it’s name.

Quercus robur

Quercus robur in summer on the Oak Lawn, Burnley Gardens.