What's killing the trees?

By Jeffrey King, “warangesda”, Darlington Point.
June 1 2018 - 6:30pm
A defoliated pepper tree on “Warangesda”, at Darlington Point.

ON OUR family property at Darlington Point pepper trees have thrived for more than 100 years. They are extremely hardy and drought tolerant. During recent autumns these trees, young and old, have suffered severe defoliation, sometimes to the point of apparent death. Miraculously most have recovered only to suffer the same fate the next year. Each year the trees become weaker and eventually die. We have now lost close to half of them.