Trees for Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula

 

Trees for Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula

Manna gums are a favourite tree of koalas. Depending on where you live, you can plant either Coastal Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies pryoriana) or Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies viminalis). Coast Manna Gums are medium sized, fast-growing, excellent shade trees which provides food and habitat for birds, sugar gliders, possums and caterpillars, as well as koalas. Manna Gums (not Coastal) grow larger and are found further inland. If you have damp areas, you can plant Swamp gums (Eucalyptus ovata), which are small to medium-sized trees found in wet areas which also provide important food for nectar-feeding birds in winter. Other eucalypts of value to our local koalas are: Narrow-leafed Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus radiata) Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) Silver-leafed Stringybark (Eucalyptus cephalocarpa) Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) (Mt Martha/Moorooduc region only) The most important thing is to check which Eucalypts are suitable for your area. Check the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plant guides: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/The-Briars/Shire-Nursery https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Environment/Flora-Fauna-Biodiversity/Wildlife-of-the-Peninsula The coloured areas on the map below show where one or more of the above trees is suitable for planting. The only areas not suitable for koala tree planting are the Nepean Peninsula and some coastal areas (the white areas).
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