Locally common growing with Erica lusitanica alongside the track coming down into Dry Creek, Belmont Regional Park. The last photograph show both E. arborea and E. lusitanica for comparison.
There used to be a specimen tree nearby. BG Curator David Barwick said that there had never been seedlings found nearby, but this one has recently turned up right at the edge of the path in an adjacent plot, well after the probable parent was removed. It does have the characteristic hairs on the stem that separates E. arborea from E. lusitanica. It is to be removed.
Erica arborea (tree heath) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, native to the maquis shrublands surrounding the Mediterranean Basin and west to Portugal and the Canary and Madeira Islands. There are disjunct populations in Africa including the Ethiopian Highlands, the mountains of Ruwenzori and the Cameroon Mountains. It is a part of the heather family of flowering plants.