Tweed?s going troppo!
By ROXANNE MILLAR
COULD this be the most southerly located fruit-bearing coconut tree in Australia?
Standing three metres tall with a crowd of fallen coconuts below, Ivory Crescent residents in Tweed Heads think so.
The residents say the tree has been dropping fruit for at least six years from its position in the middle of the street's landscaped median strip.
If they are right, it takes the spotlight from a coconut tree on the Coolangatta border that has its own sign warning passers-by to beware of falling coconuts.
Ivory Crescent resident and Philippines native Maria Kenway said the neighbourhood tree made her feel right at home.
"In the Philippines we would get the water inside them," she said.
"Before they planted a garden underneath the tree here I would get the coconuts and cut them in two to drink it. I don't have a big enough knife to cut them now.
"They used to be quite sweet though."
Boyds Bay Garden World assistant manager Emily Coakes said a coconut tree this far south was unusual.
"They do grow here and we have one for sale but we tell people they are not reliable because the fruit requires warmer weather," she said.
"We find if it fruits then the coconuts may drop before they are mature.
"My explanation is the warm weather the past few years was what the Tweed tree might have needed to bear fruit."