Grandfather and grandmother peppermint gum were culturally  significant to the leenerrerter clanspeople both as a ceremonial tree and burial tree, and remain so for their descendants .

The leenerrerter people practiced complex forms of reverence  towards the remains of the dead. One practice was to place  the deceased in an upright position in the burnt-out hollows  of the living peppermint gum using lengths of brushwood or  spears. Strips of bark were around the tree to hide the remains  and protect them from animals. Those who had departed the  physical world went to the spirit one on the ‘Islands of the Dead’  (Furneaux Group), and were never mentioned again.