We’re anticipating the ‘turning of the fagus’ …

Amongst the dolerite landscape of Mt Field and Cradle Mountain grows one of Tasmania’s endemic plant species… Fagus, or Nothofagus gunnii to be botanically accurate. 100 million years ago, flowering plants like ‘fagus’ started growing in the southern part of the supercontinent Gondwana – for that reason, you could say that it’s a living fossil.

This small tree is Tasmania’s only native deciduous tree and it grows in the state’s alpine and sub-alpine regions. What makes it so special is that in autumn the foliage turns from green to yellow, then into hues of orange and red; a time that the crinkled texture of the leaf becomes more defined and makes for an amazing photographic subject – it’s a time that is fondly named ‘the turning of the fagus’!

Each year we anticipate the seasonal change of fagus in Tasmania to occur toward the end of April and into early May. But it’s only early April and there’s already signs of the colour change in a couple of locations. So is a new trend starting with the ‘turning of the fagus’ happening earlier than in years past? 

This year’s fagus weekend at Mt Field National Park coincides with a celebration of 100 years of national parks in Tasmania from 23-24th April 2016. The event is being hosted by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and we’ll be there with our marquis where we will be offering complimentary camera driving lessons. We’ll also be running mini-walkabouts for fagus and waterfall photography – more information to come on Facebook or via our next newsletter (sign up to have it delivered directly to your inbox).

For more information and facts about fagus, you may be interested to read our blog post from 2015


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