Wilga is a small shade tree growing to about 20 feet with very attractive weeping foliage. Although the leaves may be up to 6 inches long they are no more than ¼ inch wide. The small whitish flowers are not very conspicuous. Wilga grows in dry areas of all Australian states, where the sheep enjoy nibbling the leaves while squatting on their haunches. Wilga would be a good low-maintenance tree for the campus; it is happy with much less rain than falls here. It was introduced to the Bay Area by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation. There are three at 940 Cottrell Way and other specimens may be seen in residential gardens on the slopes of Pine Hill. It is used as a street tree in downtown Palo Alto, including the section of Waverley Street between University and Lytton Avenues, on Hamilton Avenue from Waverley to Ramona Street, and on High Street near Hamilton.
Name derivation: Geijera – J.D. Geijer (1687); parviflora – small flowers.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.