Sapling from 400-year-old Separation Tree planted in Mortlake

Published on 26 April 2019

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A sapling originating from the Separation Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne that was received by Cr Doukas at a ceremony in Melbourne in November 2017 has reached sufficient size and to be planted in the Mortlake Botanic Gardens.

A timber guard and an interpretive sign detailing the importance of the tree has been installed in the North-East corner of the gardens.

The Separation Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens was the location where the citizens of Victoria gathered on 15 November 1850 to celebrate the news of the separation of Victoria from New South Wales.

In 2015 it was announced the tree was dying after vandals damaged it in 2010 and 2013. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Victoria Day Council propagated the saplings.