National Geographic : 1935 Sep
Photograph by W. Robert Moore ADDIS ABABA WAS SAVED AS THE CAPITAL WHEN EMPEROR MENELIK II IMPORTED EUCALYPTUS TREES FROM AUSTRALIA YEARS AGO When the original juniper and acacia forest, source of fuel, surrounding the city had been depleted, it was suggested that the capital bemoved toa new wooded site. The Emperor forestalled this removal by taking the suggestion of his foreign advisers andintroducing the fast-growing eucalyptus, or blue gum. Soon the new trees flourished and his subjects were furnished with a plentiful supply of firewoodand shade for their mud-walled, tin-roofed homes. Now when trees are felled they must be replaced with seedlings.