Native plants

Saving Black Gum in Woodend

Saving Black Gum in Woodend

Situated in the verdant valley of the Macedon Ranges is the picturesque town of Woodend, Victoria. This region is home to the rare and threatened native tree known as Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata). Black Gum is found in NSW and Victoria and is listed under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999. In Victoria, Black Gum is entirely restricted to the Woodend region, where it is found growing on the banks of the Five Mile and Slatey Creeks and in cool, low-lying areas called ‘frost hollows’. To date, few surveys have been undertaken to determine whether this species occurs elsewhere in the region. However, a historic herbarium record from the Tipperary Springs region at Daylesford suggests that the species was once more widespread.