Melville Island White Beech
Family : Burseraceae
This is a very stately and distinctive tree. It can grow to over 15 metres in favourable conditions and has separate male and female plants. The stiff leaves of the Canarium are dark, thick and leathery. They are distinctly hairy with yellow veins. The bark is a creamy grey and smooth.
Flowers are small and creamy white, with male plants flowering significantly denser than females. The fruit is a fleshy drupe that turns a blue-black colour when it ripens. These contain a single hard nut.
This tree likes well-drained soil and can be found in areas of stabilised dune and scrub areas. It is tolerant of harsh conditions and is a fast coloniser. It is attractive to several species of native birds such as Pied Imperial Pigeons. The Canarium has high branches so it doesn’t easily block views.
|Flowers||September to December|
|Fruit||April to October|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Growth Habit||Large Tree|
|Soils||Needs Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry or Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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