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Karri tree Eucalyptus diversicolor

Karri tree #5 Photo credit: Dave Baiocchi, www.studiobaiocchi.com

Eucalyptus diversicolor, commonly called Karri trees, are native to Western Australia and are among the tallest trees in the world. Eucalyptus means "well hidden" while diversicolor refers to the difference between the darker green of the upper surface of the foliage and the lighter green on the lower surface. These tall, open-formed evergreen trees have white, barrel-shaped flowers and salmon pink bark, which is smooth at the base of the tree and peels in long curled strips on the upper portion of the trunk. They can grow to be 200ft (60m) tall. Karri wood is used extensively in the building industry because of its mahogany color.

The Karri tree designated in 2016 was at the Northern end of Palisades Park and was approximately 65ft (20m) high with a canopy spread of 50ft (15m) and a diameter at base height of 46in (117cm). It was believed to be over 100 years old. Because it was a member of a rare and beautiful species, it is mentioned in the book "Trees of Santa Monica," by George T. Hastings, originally published in 1956 and revised in 1976. This tree is also mentioned in the book "Exceptional Trees of Los Angeles" by Donald R. Hodel, published in 1988.

Sadly, this Karri tree (pictured above) died and had to be removed in 2018. City staff have since transferred its Heritage Tree designation to another Eucalyptus diversicolor in the immediate vicinity, and are currently looking into cloning this remaining tree.

 

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