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Work in progress, thought I'd have a go at a Melaleuca (paper bark) with real bark, pleased so far

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another picture first time using photo editor

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crappy photos sorry

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Unfamiliar tree to the world outside of Australia I have to think.

How about a photo of a real one?

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Not a bad attempt. I think useing Sedum makes the branches to straight. I wonder if there is another variety with less straight branches?

The bark looks good, is that the stuff that comes in a roll for hanging baskets?

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Here's one Herb. I haven't done the top branches yet Rod (thanks for the sedums)thinking of wire in the branches so I can bend them

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I think polyfibre stretched over the wire armatures and dusted with suitable flock would be my attempt with leaves.

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Bark

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another try

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I might give that a try Rod, this is work in progress and trying different ways, thanks for the hint

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Actually Rod the bark is off a tree in my yard (on 2 acres)
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Boy. the trunk is really scaly on those trees.

Was the bark ever used for other purposes?

Thanks for the photos!

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Nice job!

Paper bark trees are very popular in Southern California, for decorative landscaping.

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Herb Kephart wrote:
Boy. the trunk is really scaly on those trees.

Was the bark ever used for other purposes?

Thanks for the photos!

Herb

I'm pretty sure our Aboriginal tribes used them for carrying food stuffs, you can peel it into very thin layers. Hopefully will get the chance to finish this one on the weekend, although working Saturday
Dennis

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Melaleucas a very good for boggy soils where not much else will grow.

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Melaleucas in swampy area bside new rail link I work on see the bracken and reedy plants
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Hi Dennis,

Yes, they are good for difficult garden situations.


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