The Lone Pine at the Memorial Gardens
With respect I would like to correct the inscription on the brass
plaque commemorating a tree said to be grown from the Lone Pine.
This cannot be! It is an Aleppo pine or Pinus Halepensis which
unfortunately has been incorrectly described as a Pinus HalepOnsis.
The true Lone Pine was one and one only, which was Pinus Brutia,
or Turkish Red Pine. This pine is native to Gallipoli, not the
Aleppo pine which grows along the Mediterranean coast, but not
at Gallipoli. The Aleppo pine is not native to Gallipoli. It is
fair and reasonable to say it is an ANZAC pine, which of course
I deeply respect. The Lone Pine was destroyed during this unfortunate
and terrible campaign but one Sargeant McDowell brought back a
cone from the tree. Four trees, germinated from the cone seeds
were planted at war Memorials in Victoria and any subsequent plantings
elsewhere were from this progeny..
NC [Mick ] Balzary
Note: Mick Balzary is a specialist in the growing, training and
styling of two and three needled pine trees. Particular interest
is all coniferous material, especially junipers. Favourite style
An AABC Ltd Registered Demonstrator, Mick is recogn ised as having
‘expert’ practical and technical knowledge and know
how in the
growing and development of pines as bonsai.
Mick commenced bonsai in 1998. Convenor of Twin Lakes Bonsai Society,
life member of Weston Creek Bonsai Group, member of Canberra Bonsai
Society. Author and contributor of numerous bonsai related articles
to various groups. Demonstrated at the BCI/BFA International Bonsai
Convention Sydney 1995, and AABC Seminars Canberra 1991, Coffs
Harbour 1997, Canberra 2004, Adelaide 2008, and at Auckland New
Zealand 2006. Has conducted demonstrations, work shops and lectures
at many bonsai societies and clubs in NSW, Queensland, South Australia,
Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory. Past teacher of bonsai
and its techniques in NSW TAFE system.