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Does anyone want a Bunya nut seedling or two? They are not a tree for the suburban back yard. Even on my impoverished soil mine have grown into very large trees, it's taken about 30 years for them to get to this size. They drop their cones most years, with a bumper crop every 3 or 4 years. You do not want to be under the tree when this happens. They can be very large and heavy and fall from a great height. So if you live on a smallish plot this tree is not for you, even in the council area out the back (Susan). I would hate to see you responsible for a local fatality.

If anyone would like 1 or 2, I have about 4 all told and while I have planted more out in the back paddock at my place I acknowledge that I will sell up and move on before they get to any appreciable size, so planting more now would be silly.

I can bring along to a garden visit, or we could arrange a pick up, so let me know if you are interested.

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If only.

Indeed 'if only'! Apart from advanced age, 24 perches with a small bush area in the back is no place for a Bunya tree.

The nuts are superb baked or boiled. Like Chestnuts only more savoury in flavour.

Local person had one on the footpath. Driving past I spied a notice on the trunk. Got out of the car to read the tiny notice. It said: 'Danger. Falling Nuts.'

Some bugger planted them in public spots around McDowall as well.  I enjoy the nuts a lot. 

I wondered when I had collected them last year and found out that it was February/March.  I also found out that on only fruit every 2nd or 3rd year.  That explains why I got none this year!

I've heard the Aborigines hereabouts used to gather in what we know as the Bunya Mountains to feast on the nuts every second/third year. In the Bunya Mountains, there's still marks on the older (and *huge*) trees where they chopped into the trunk to put something in to climb up the trunks. The origin of the way tree cutters used to do it and they still do in competition, before chain saws.

Lol Roger:) I promise i won't ask for one  


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