Un-boughed but not broken at UWA

A giant Moreton Bay Fig at the University of Western Australia suddenly lost limbs on Monday, serendipitously caught on video,  here. It’s quite a sight, a surprising one as an arboreal autopsy (sorry) found no rot or damage.  Expert opinion inclines to a run of hot days and cold nights being too much for the grand old tree. The timber that came down is to be turned into a sculpture or furniture, with the foliage off to the zoo – apparently, giraffes and elephants consider MBF big on flavour. Hopes are the still substantial remains will survive – putting UWA one up on the University of Sydney. When its iconic Jacaranda  went over in 2016 it was all dead wood.


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