Black Peppermint, Eucalyptus salicifolia
Location: Drainage Reserve, Puketapu Road
Significance: Their location and size
Two large, single-trunked trees stand on the side of the Taipo Stream where it runs beside Puketapu Road in Taradale.
Erroneously known locally as Ghost Gums, the foliage of these stately beauties tells the real story of their lineage. The "salicifolia" in Eucalyptus salicifolia means having leaves like a willow (salix).
Natives of Tasmania, the Black Peppermint can attain great size in favoured parts of New Zealand, particularly in good soils where there is adequate rainfall. The soil and the nearby water source have enabled these trees, probably more than 80 years old, to grow particularly well.
The eucalypts have been granted preservation status because they are good mature examples of their species and they significantly add to the area's attractiveness.