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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Defiant Pepper Trees at Greenock SA

On one of the main streets through the small South Australian town of Greenock in the Barossa are two wonderful Veteran Pepper Trees (Schinus molle).

The trees were planted by an early settler Wilhelm Adolph Bachmann in the 1890's, and despite clearly having been heavily lopped and having their roots trashed the trees persist and provide a beautiful street scape that makes this part of Greenock very special indeed.

Greenock is a fascinating and attractive Barossa gem, having numerous cellar doors along its local streets and its own brewery (Barossa Brewing Company) that makes the most fantastic dark porter ale (reminded me of Theakstons Ole Peculiar) and an American style pale ale, the ales are sold on tap at the local pub, you can experience a tasting at the brewery cellar door....but I digress...the trees!

It is worth reminding yourself that the Pepper tree is considered an environmental weed, yet rather like the Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) in Queensland, when it reaches this kind of age it has veteran characteristics folds, hollows and scars in its stems and limbs from years gone by that leave you in awe. 

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