Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pinetum Scone Palace

Pinetum scone Palace.
The 100 acres of Scone Palace Grounds was landscaped by the Third Earl of Mansfield in 1805. The magnificent pinetum was established in 1848 and includes many western hemlock and noble fir positioned in avenues.
Other notable heritage trees include the The Scone Douglas Fir, raised from the original seed sent from America in 1826 by David Douglas. David Douglas was born in the village of Scone in 1799 and worked as a gardener at Scone Palace for seven years. Douglas went on to become an explorer and a great plant hunter.
This gives an idea of the scale of these magnificent trees.
An unusual habit of throwing up vertical branches.
This particular tree displaying Bracket Fungi. Bracket fungi cause decay and rot in the heartwood of trees and produce bracket-shaped fruiting bodies on the trunk or main branches. These fungi usually lead to the weakening and eventual breakage or fall of affected trees.
Fallen tree, the rings counted at 108 years, so relatively young compared to the others.
Amazing twisting growth of the trunks.
If you are a tree lover, or even a tree hugger with a long reach then this place will delight you.

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