Eucalyptus mannifera ssp. maculosa (E. maculosa). RED-SPOTTED GUM. Victoria, New South Wales
Sunset magazine popularized the red-spotted gum
by growing a splendid specimen in front of its headquarters in Menlo Park (Willow
Road at Middlefield Road), with a clean white bole and carefully maintained crown.
Alas, it is now gone. When Frenchman's Hill was developed for faculty residences
in 1969, a network of footpaths was provided that would allow walking or biking
to school while avoiding the roads. Some of the paths would be shaded by the highly
esteemed red-spotted gums. This planting of 170 trees stretched from Amherst Street
to Raimundo Way. An experimental eucalypt planting of 1958 that previously screened
Ryan Laboratory from Stanford Avenue included one red-spotted gum on Raimundo
Way that stood as an elder citizen until 2002, but the rest of that early planting,
including E. lehmannii, E. maidenii,
E. platypus, disappeared when Ryan Laboratory
was replaced by housing. A striking feature of the new trees is the fresh white
surface of the bark revealed yearly after peeling. You can rub the white powder
off with your finger and decorate your face, just as the Australian aborigines
did for a corroboree.
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)
A complaint about leaves falling into a swimming pool and an insurance problem over fence damage, compounded by a concern that a branch might fall on a schoolchild, caused Faculty-Staff Housing to call a town meeting in July 1985 at which replacement of the whole planting by Chinese pistache was advocated. In similar circumstances, city officials receive legal advice that they may be liable if they ignore a danger of which they have been previously warned, for example if a branch should later fall on a child. The administrative response followed in adjacent cities is to obtain independent outside advice from a professional tree inspector, to follow the recommendation for remedial pruning or removal of trees judged to be dangerous by regular arboricultural standards, and to keep records. This procedure shields administrators against damage suits, provided they can show a record of compliance with professional advice.
In the event, the outcome was that residents wanting a particular tree removed should obtain the acquiescence of neighbors. About one in seven of the trees went; some of the replacement pistaches died but others, such as those on the path leaving Raimundo Way just west of Vernier Place, have flourished. Meanwhile, no branch has fallen on a child, nor indeed has any eucalypt dropped a branch on any person on campus. (Damage to parked cars and fences by falling trees has occasionally occurred, mainly due to oaks. In 2002, Prince Charles bemoaned politically correct interference that led to the felling of chestnut trees in England because of fears that falling chestnuts would cause injuries.) (See Ulmus minor for the $1500 cost of removing an elm in 1985.) After the freeze of 1978, when the temperature at Stanford did not rise above freezing for three days, 100 trees on Governor's Avenue were harvested by a Santa Rosa logging company at no cost to Stanford (Palo Alto Times, May 30, 1978).
Other campus Eucalypts
E. acaciiformis | E. aggregata | E. albens | E. albida | E. blakelyi | E. botryoides | E. botryoides hybrid | E. bridgesiana | E. caesia | E. camaldulensis | E. cinerea | E. citriodora | E. cladocalyx | E. conferruminata | E. cornuta | E. crebra | E. cypellocarpa | E. diversicolor | E. dundasii | E. dwyeri | E. erythronema | E. ficifolia | E. globulus | E. goniocalyx | E. gunnii | E. intertexta | E. kruseana | E. laeliae | E. lehmannii | E. leucoxylon | E. linearis | E. loxophleba | E. macarthurii | E. macrandra | E. maculosa | E. mannifera | E. megacornuta | E. melliodora | E. morrisbyi | E. nicholii | E. notes | E. ochrophloia | E. oleosa ssp. oleosa | E. paniculata | E. parvifolia | E. parvula | E. patens | E. pauciflora | E. pellita | E. platypus | E. polyanthemos | E. pulchella | E. pulverulenta | E. punctata | E. redunca | E. resinifera | E. robusta | E. rudis | E. salubris | E. sideroxylon | E. squamosa | E. stellulata | E. urnigera | E. viminalis | E. viridis
Name derivation, genus | speciesRelated material: Eucalyptus checklist