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Mt Stirling Summit Tree - national listing a sterling idea

Mt Stirling Summit Tree at night.


Published 9 March 20156

It's a solitary, ancient Snow Gum growing in a grassy meadow 1725 metres above sea level near the summit of Mt Stirling. It's become an iconic symbol of the mountain and is much loved by visitors.

The lone Eucalyptus pauciflora sits well above the 'treeline', although at the edges of its grassy meadow lie old Snow Gums, all stunted, many dead at the hands of a harsh climate and bushfires.


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Nobody knows how old the tree is, but we can get some idea from a branch that broke off after the 2006/7 bushfires. This branch, about 40 centimetres in circumference at the break point, was dated at 485 years old. The circumference at the base of the tree is more than 3 metres.

This singular tree draws all who visit Mt Stirling - bushwalkers, cross-country skiers, horse riders and photographers. It's become a shared treasure.

In winter the tree can be completely buried in snow. When this happens, the only tell-tale sign of its presence is a gently rising snowy mound. And yet, each summer, the tree thrives and often flowers.

To celebrate the tree Friends of Mount Stirling were invited by the National Trusts of Australia to nominate it for inclusion in the Register of Significant Trees.

As part of the nomination the Friends group measured the Mt Stirling Summit Tree, and made a video of their efforts.

The nomination has been submitted, it's time to sit and await feedback.


More info

The Stirling Alpine Link: Managing Mt Stirling as a national park >>