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A passion for indigenous trees
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:29

It is important to try and plant a tree at least once a year, may not seem like much of a difference but in the years to come it will make all the difference in the world.

When planting a tree in your garden there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before planting a tree. First and foremost you need to make sure that the tree is indigenous. Think about the height, spread, and roots as well fruits. You wouldn’t like to plant a tree which roots will lift up the paving in your driveway or having a tree in your garden with an invasive root system such as the fig trees. Once you have selected the tree that is perfect for you and you have planted it in your garden water it early on and then mulch around the roots and feed it a few times a year with high-nitrogen fertilizer. It may be a good idea to prepare the hole properly by digging deep and adding a lot of topsoil and compost. Do not plant the tree too deep as this will rot the stem and eventually kill the tree. Once you tree is planted stake the tree to ensure that it grows straight. Keep in mind all the birds and butterflies when selecting a tree, if the tree you selected is a food plant you will see that it will attract birds and butterflies. Something that may not cross your mind is encouraging your friends to plant at least one tree a year. This is called planning for and protecting the future. Think about your children and your children’s’ children. You don’t want then to live in a desert with no oxygen. Since we have this fantastic special going on at Twinstreams Indigenous Nursery on our bigger indigenous trees this week and next week here are a few suggestions on what to look for, for your garden.

Large Trees

  • 35metres
  • Ekebergia capensis – Cape Ash: 10-35meters
  • Ficus lutea – Giant-leaved fig: 10-258meters
  • Celtis africana – White Stinkwood: 30meters
  • Albizia adianthifolia – Flat Crown: 10-25meters
  • Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild Plum: 10-20meters

Medium Trees

  • Apodytes dimidiate – White pear: 5-15meters
  • Bridelia micrantha – Mitzeeri: 7-15meters
  • Schotia brachypetala – Weeping Boer Bean: 3-22meters
  • Calodendrum capense – Cape Chestnut: 8-25 meters
  • Millettia grandis – Umzimbeet: 10-20meters

Small Trees

  • Craibia zimmermannii – Peawood: 3-8meters
  • Vepris lanceolata – White ironwood: 5-20meters
  • Herteropyxis natalensis – Lavender Tree: 4-10meters
  • Xylotheca kraussiana – African Dog Rose: 3-8meters
  • Erythrina humeana – Dwarf Coral Tree: 1-4meters
  • Greyia sutherlandii – Natal bottlebrush: 3-8meters
  • Gardenia thunbergia – White gardenia: 2-5meters
  • Rothmannia globosa – September Bells: 4-7meters
 

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