Nothing feels more like the change of seasons than the transition of summer greens to shades of orange, yellow, and red. Whether it’s the signature crunch of walks, or the majestic peppering of gold and copper, autumn holds a special place in the calendar.
Of course, we have our trees to thank for the magic of autumn, which is why we thought we’d take a moment to pay special homage to some of the wonderful species across our grounds, some of which have seen centuries of autumns go past.
To change or not to change
You might be surprised to know many of Australia’s native trees do not undergo the change of colour associated with autumn. In the northern hemisphere, trees receive very clear signals from the environment in the form of changes in temperature and daylight that encourage deciduous trees to shed their leaves for the winter. By contrast, the Australian climate is less predictable, which means ideal growing conditions can come along at any time. Most of our native trees have evolved to be able to capitalise on these opportunities by remaining evergreen.
At our grounds we have a broad range of flora from all regions of the world. About 11,000 trees call Springvale Botanical Cemetery home. These trees are a combination of indigenous, Australian native, and exotic species. This means that even through autumn, you will always find a blanket of green throughout our gardens.