Euc beaut! Who will win Eucalypt of the Year in 2020?
Monday 24 February
With around 900 species living today, eucalypts form an iconic part of the native Australian landscape. They have been around for more than 50 million years, include some of the tallest flowering plants in the world, and can even suck gold up from the ground!
Each year on National Eucalypt Day (23 March), Eucalypt Australia announces the Eucalypt of the Year, as decided by the public. Previous years have seen the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and the Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) take out the top prize, but who will win in 2020?
Unimaginable numbers of eucalypts have taken a hit with the bushfires this season, so show them some love and vote for your favourite species to win the Eucalypt of the Year!
How to vote for your favourite eucalypt species
For interviews and more information, please contact:
Ellie Michaelides, Remember The Wild: [email protected], 0404 809 789
Talk to the experts
Professor Belinda Medlyn (Sydney)
Belinda is a professor of ecosystem modelling at Western Sydney University. Her research aims to predict how Australian forests will respond to changing climate and climate extremes. She is an expert in tree mortality and runs the Dead Tree Detective citizen science project.
“The drought, heatwaves and fires have made it a tough year for Eucalypts. So I’m voting for a true battler – Corymbia eximia, the yellow bloodwood. In the height of last year’s drought, they flowered en masse in the Blue Mountains, bringing some joyful colour and precious nectar to our neck of the woods.”
Dr Dean Nicolle (Adelaide)
Dean is an arborist, botanist and ecologist, specialising in the eucalypts. He established and maintains Currency Creek Arboretum in South Australia, a world-renowned eucalypt research arboretum with over 800 species of eucalypts.
“I nominate Wadbilliga ash, Eucalyptus paliformis – perhaps the species most at risk of extinction from the recent bushfires. The only known populations of this fire-sensitive species cover a range of about 6km in Wadbilliga National Park in NSW. The entire population of this species was burnt over several days last month.”