Eight tree species are endemic to Jirdarup.

Photo: Pricklybark by Dan Carter.

The Jirdarup Bushland is very interesting in that, in a very short distance, it has three main zones that grade from Jarrah/Banksia vegetation through a transition zone into a pricklybark/woolly bush shrubland.

Zone 1. In the Jarrah/Banksia community there are Jarrah (E. marginata), Firewood banksia (B. menziesii), Candlestick banksia (B. attenuata) and the Sheoak/Bulloak (Allocasurina fraseriana). Some Christmas Trees (Nuytsia floribunda) occur in this community as well.

Zone 2. Transition zone where Holly-leaved banksia (B. ilicifolia) and sedges occur on sometimes wet areas.

Zone 3. The soils to the south of the Jarrah bushland becomes deeper sand where the pricklybark (E. todtiana) thrive, alongside woolly bush (Adenanthos sp.) and some casuarinas (A. fraseriana and A. drummondii ).

This table lists the trees that have been historically found in Kensington Bushland. It does not include several species that were planted as part of the regeneration of the George Street Reserve nor those in surrounding areas such as Harold Rossiter Park. In addition, it excludes several tall shrubs that are listed as trees in some publications.

Unless otherwise stated, Whadjuk Noongar names are consistent with the Town’s interpretive signage.

Scientific nameCommon nameWhadjuk Noongar name
1.      Allocasuarina fraserianaWestern SheoakKondila
2.      Banksia attenuataCandlestick BanksiaPiara
3.      Banksia ilicifoliaHolly-leaved BanksiaUnknown
4.      Banksia menziesiiFirewood BanksiaMungyt
5.      Corymbia calophyllaMarriKardan/Marib
6.      Eucalyptus marginataJarrahDjarraly
7.      Eucalyptus todtianaPricklybark or Coastal BlackbuttDwutta/Mayneea
8.      Nuytsia floribundaWestern Australian Christmas treeMoojar/Mundjah

The attached photos may help amateurs identify these species in Jirdarup and you can read more about the unique WA Christmas Tree here

In addition to the trees in Kensington Bushland, there are over 500 trees in and around Jirdarup. Read about them here.