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by A Total TaiTai Tale

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Driving through Boranup forest which is the furthest west where karri, the third tallest tree in the world, grows.

The Karri Tree (Eucalyptus Diversicolor) is a native tree unique to the southwest region of Western Australia and belongs to the family Myrtaceae. The name ‘karri’ is the Aboriginal word for the Eucalyptus Diversicolor. Karri is WA’s tallest tree and one of the tallest hardwood trees in the world. The tree reaches its peak height within a hundred years. The tree can grow up to 80m, has smooth pink to silvery-grey bark and a straight trunk with heartwood of reddish brown. […]. Karri trees, like jarrah trees, begin their old growth phase at the ages of 100-150 years and survive to on average of 300 years old. The majority of old growth karri trees found in Western Australia are less than 200 years old.

The best known of the three is the ‘Gloucester Tree’, near Pemberton. But the tallest is Warren National Park’s ‘Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree’, with a viewing platform above 60m – about the same height as the top of the Sydney Opera House and the world’s highest tree lookout. It offers public access to a dizzying perspective from one of the planet’s biggest life forms, providing spectacular views across WA’s southern forests.

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