Dendrology

The Gallipoli Oaks Project

Centenary celebrations related to the First World War (1914-1918) will be taking place throughout the 2014-2018 period, but 2015 will likely see the most important celebration in Australia and New Zealand: the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present day Turkey (then part of the Ottoman Empire), which marked the baptism of fire for the first contingent of troops from Australia and New Zealand.

Vegetative Propagation of Oaks in Iturraran

by Francisco Garín and José Almandoz
Jardín Botánico de Iturraran, Spain

Originally published in Oak News & Notes, Vol. 19, No. 1

The genus Quercus includes around 450 species distributed across the Temperate and Subtropical Zones of the Northern Hemisphere.  Many species are practically unobtainable in commercial nurseries, and for that reason it is very difficult to create new collections that include species other than the more ordinary ones.

Valonia Oak Restoration Project, Castlemaine, Victoria

A restoration project that will be of interest to IOS members is taking place in the Australian state of Victoria. A plantation of Valonia oak (Quercus ithaburensis subsp. macrolepis) at Castlemaine, Victoria, dating to the late 19th century, has suffered deterioration due to a decade of drought, and only three of the original 14 trees are still alive. Acorns are being collected from the surviving trees with a view to producing new trees to replant and restore the historic stand.

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