Arbor Week 30th August – 5 Sept

Lets do our bit this year by planting South Africa’s indigenous, evergreen Yellowwood trees in our gardens, parks and schools.

South Africa’s National True Yellowwood Tree (PODOCARPUS  Latifolius)

Yellowwod Sapling

These Yellowwood trees are indigenous, evergreen and can grow to a grand old age of a thousand years, or more.

It is also a tree that can be grown anywhere in South Africa, can withstand cold and hot temperatures, as well as being resistant to drought.  It would also survive in partial semi-shade – think of forest conditions, near a stream/river.

The Podocarpus Latifolius drop twice a year (December, and then in June) +- 5000 round, green seeds with a red fruit capsule attached to the end of each seed, which the fruit-eating birds i.e. the wild, indigenous and highly endangered Cape Parrots survived on.  These Parrots can be found from the Natal Midlands areas where there is an annual bird counting event held in June – each year their numbers have been reduced due to mainly a lack of sufficient Yellowwood trees to supply a food source for these birds, as well as other causes too – right to Hogsback in the Cape…

I’ve started 26 years ago, harvesting my mother tree’s seeds to create Future Forests by donating over 9000 saplings and more than 9000 seeds to among others i.e. the Hogsback forests, Injasuthi Nature Reserve, to eThekwini Municipality for prize giving gifts to schools, private farms, public, etc. as well as for my own privately funded “Free Trees to Schools” private project. 

Yellowwood Tree Seeds

I’ve received a special Award in a National Competition ran by the Mail & Guardian Newspaper named ‘GREENING THE FUTURE”, in June 2011 in Johannesburg, being perhaps the only private individual competing against businesses and municipalities… as well as many other awards too.

As all expenses were from my own pocket, due to not having a sponsor, I’ve decided to continue by selling it to keep on my dream of fighting Climate Change and GREENING  SOUTH  AFRICA, as I believe planting trees is one of the best ways to do it.

These trees are one of the best for using as Christmas Trees, as they do well in containers, and afterwards can be transplanted into the garden where they will reach about 10 m in height- where as in Nature they may reach to 30 m due to perhaps better conditions.  They can also be grown inside planters for offices, shopping malls etc., under bright lights etc.

These trees are one of the most labour-free trees to have as they drop narrow leaves next to their trunks which creates a lovely brown mulch stimulating their growth from supposedly a slow-growing tree to more or less normal growth tree, and creates a lovely privacy screen if planted 2-3 m apart.

NAME:  NATALIE  E.  ROWLES – Ashley,  PINETOWN