Celebrating your 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year

We are excited to announce the 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year as the River Red Gum in Bulleen.

The River Red Gum is located on the corner of Bridge Street and Manningham Road in Bulleen. With a 300-year history, it measures 20 metres high with a canopy spread of 17 metres. The tree was originally saved by a local resident when the rest of the block was cleared to make way for the service station.

The River Red Gum currently faces possible removal to make way for the North East Link Project. The National Trust will be calling on the North East Link Authority to explore all possible options for it to be retained.  Read more about the River Red Gum here.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is the state’s leading advocate for the protection of trees, celebrating the benefits they provide to our communities. Since 1982 the Trust has classified over 20,000 trees in 1,200 places across the state on the National Trust Significant Tree Register.

Read the 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year Media Release here

See a full list of the 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year finalists below or via our Facebook page.

 

2019 Tree of the Year - Finalists

‘King Billy’ Snow Gum

Notable for its large trunk measuring 9.45 metres and canopy spread close to 20 metres. Located at 1,600 metres altitude, the tree is a dominant feature of the landscape and is recognised as one of the largest specimens known in the Mansfield region. Located Alpine National Park, Mansfield.
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Apple Box or But But

History suggests that this tree is a union of two trees with a cavity in the centre. It suffered from steel spikes and horse shoes nailed to it, as locals used the tree as a message board during the gold rush. These metal objects were eventually covered by gall formation, giving the tree its distinctive shape. It’s extremely galled trunk measures 7.4 metres in circumference. Located Cnr Tanswell Street and Dowling Court, Beechworth.
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London Plane

Located on a historic property formerly owned and developed by Dr John Cam Wight in 1907, this Plane tree is one of two on the site. It is impressive in size, with a height of 25.7 metres and canopy spread of 27 metres. Located 3 Oak Dene Court, Kyabram.
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Turkey Oak


This Turkey Oak tree has a very large spreading canopy and is the largest known example of the Turkey Oak species in cultivation in Victoria. It measures 24.5 metres in height, with a spread of 30 metres and a trunk circumference of 3.5 metres. Located Ballarat Botanic Gardens.
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River Red Gum

This River Red Gum is over 300 years old. It was saved by a local resident when the rest of the block was cleared, prior to the building of the service station. The height of this tree is 20 metres with a spread of 17 metres and a trunk circumference of 6 metres. Located Corner Bridge Street and Manningham Road, Bulleen.
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Tasmanian Blue Gum

Known locally as ‘The Tree of Knowledge’, this majestic old tree has twin trunks which have fused together. It measures 39 metres in height with a canopy of 37 metres and a trunk circumference of 2.7 metres. It was planted as a seedling on Arbor Day, 23 May 1896, by Mrs Elizabeth Downing who lived on what was then a farm. Located Federation University, Gear Avenue, Mount Helen.
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Lone Pine

This tree is of historical significance, being one of the four original trees raised from the 'Lone Pine' in Gallipoli. Sergeant Keith McDowell brought a pine cone back to Australia and after 10 years, successfully grew four seedlings from the cone. The Warrnambool specimen was planted on 21 January 1934. Located Warrnambool Botanic Gardens.
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Calder Memorial Avenue of Honour

This is an impressive double avenue planting comprising several Eucalyptus species. The avenue was proposed in 1943 by Mr JE Woodburn, to occur amongst existing trees. It was planted as a memorial to his son who was killed in WWII. Located Goulburn Valley Highway, Shepparton.
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Weeping Mexican Cypress

This tree is rare in cultivation in Victoria and makes a rich contribution to this Sunbury historic property. The site has a rich and layered history, with connections to the Indigenous community, and a long history of community use. Located Caloola (Jacksons Hill), Sunbury.
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Bunya Bunya Pine

This tree is outstanding for its size with a height of 29 metres, a canopy spread of 15 metres and a trunk circumference measuring 3.6 metres. It is 140 years old, having been planted in 1879 by Lady Bowen, wife of the Governor of Victoria at the time. It is a magnificent lawn specimen, featuring an outstanding rounded crown and even branch distribution. Located Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens.
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2019 Victorian Tree of the Year Winner

The River Red Gum is located on the corner of Bridge Street and Manningham Road in Bulleen. With a 300-year history, it measures 20 metres high with a canopy spread of 17 metres. The tree was originally saved by a local resident when the rest of the block was cleared to make way for the service station. The River Red Gum received an impressive 1,045 out of total 3,669 votes.

2018 Victorian Tree of the Year Winner

Th Lollipop tree (Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata) at the Parks Victoria Mount Beckworth Scenic Reserve receiving a convincing 351 of the total 830 votes.

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2016 Victorian Tree of the Year Winner

This Mountain Ash (Eucalytus regnans), known as the ‘Kalatha Giant’, thought to be at least 400 years old. It is currently one of the largest living trees in Victoria.

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