Bunya pines: the Queensland giant
At AllRound Tree Services, we take pride in our arboricultural expertise. We also take a great interest in the trees that are native to our corner of the world, south-east Queensland. That especially includes those native giants, bunya pines.
Bunya pines can reach 45 metres, or around the height of a five-story building. Their huge cone is the size of a football. It can weigh up to 18 kilograms. While that might pose a risk to picnicking at the base of the tree, the nuts of bunya pines are worth the risk. Their delicious earthy taste has been compared to chestnuts and starchy potatoes. They have inspired a variety of recipes and a cult following as genuine and tasty bush tucker.
Bunya: a favourite native tree
Why not grow your own bunya pines? If you have the open space, one of these spectacular trees could crown a hill and landmark your property for kilometres around.
Before European contact, bunya pines grew in large groves or were sprinkled through forests. Now they are mostly found in isolation or in very small groups. This has been due to loss of forests to dams and clearing, and difficulties with seed dispersal and germination. However, they remain prolific in protected spots around the south-east. These include the well-named Bunya Mountains. It also includes parts of the Sunshine Coast hinterland such as in the Blackall Range around Montville and Maleny.
Germination of bunyas is unusual in its process and very slow. This has contributed to declining numbers of the tree in recent decades.
These native trees pollinate in September or October. The cones fall some 17 to 18 months later, in late January to early March. Seeds fallen from the enormous cone develop underground to form a tuber. Then a shoot emerges from the tuber after a long delay of months, or even years.
Contact AllRound Tree Services for advice about cultivating a beautiful, stately and delicious bunya pine safely on your large property.