January 2011 - Up a Gum Tree
Background photo - Junipers in the gardens of Le Corbusier's celebrated "L'Unite" building, Marseille, France 2008
These pictures are of an Eucalyptus tree Eucalyptus gunni the Cider Gum. It is the only Eucalyptus that tolerates the scottish climate. Last year it almost succumbed to the frost in Dec/January, developing splits in the bark (see below) that would let in infection and kill the vascular tissue. It struggled through the summer with limited foliage. Again this winter the frost did more damage and apart form the base the tree is effectively dead.
The picture on the right shows circular juvenile leaves around the base, a last-gasp survival attempt, but even these are showing frost-damage. To the bottom right can be seen the dead brown lanceolate adult leaves.
Many of the Cider Gums around Cambuslang have been killed by frost in the last two winters.