Bird's eye view of the Yarralumla Nursery

The 4,000 trees, being planted across Canberra, have been nurtured at the Yarralumla Nursery.

06 May 2020

More trees are being planted across Canberra as the ACT Government works towards planting more than 20,000 new trees across the city by 2023.

Planting of over 4,000 new trees across 87 different suburbs is now underway. Parts of Canberra with less canopy cover are being prioritised including in Gordon, Harrison and Franklin.

Up to 100 different species are part of the planting program including a diverse range of maples, oaks, eucalypts, bottlebrush, crepe myrtle and ornamental pears.

The 4,000 trees have been nurtured at the Yarralumla Nursery, with many of the seedlings propagated at the facility. Having these locally grown and specially selected varieties will help ensure they are able to withstand our climate.

The eucalypt trees begin as a microscopic seed before transforming to a 1.5 metre tree ready for planting in 12 months. The oak trees are slower growing and will take up to four years to reach this height.

The team at the Yarralumla Nursery use industry leading techniques and modern technology in shaping Canberra’s landscape. Each year it produces and sells over 300,000 plants for retailers, landscapers and larger projects across Canberra. It is estimated that Yarralumla Nursery has grown over 50 million plants in its 106-year history.

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