It’s early spring and Baw Baw Shire’s elms are beginning to burst into blossom. The short-lived blossoms, are followed by the arrival of pale green, winged seeds and then the veined, pointy, oval shaped leaves which characterise elms.
|Yellow-lime Elm blossom|
The vibrant yellow-lime of the blossoms of the Golden Elm tree is perhaps the most spectacular.
Elms have been grown in Australia since the early 1800s when British settlers brought species from their homeland. In Drouin, which was not settled by Europeans until the 1880s, the old elms we see today were planted in the early 1900s.
|Elm at BBS Young St. Planted in 1974 when Buln Buln Shire offices were built|
We are blessed to have these superb trees in our town. Take the time to look up into their canopy and enjoy their blossom while you can over the next week.
|Heritage listed Elms in Main South Rd (c 1920)|
|All that remains of a line of Elms in the main street (c 1910)|
|'Kinder Oaks' in Porter Pl|
Warragul also has some really splendid elms. Have a look at the flowering avenue in Queen Street.