White Ironwood #1
A potential giant among trees, so tall it took ages to view its leaves and seeds closely enough to identify it. Its leaves have wavy margins and it is used in Zulu traditional ceremonies to transport the spirit of the dead. This individual is threatened by a creeper called Mauritius Thorn, which is coming ever closer and can drag down mature trees, and by climate change and nearby plantations drying out the slopes. There aren’t that many ironwoods growing in the pilot project area, so it is contributing to biodiversity just by standing here!
In a prime position over the Top Dam, in the pilot project area down the hill from Ferncliffe Nature Reserve.