Jun 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Limpopo may have the world’s tallest planted tree, but the Western Cape’s sleeping giants are biding their time

While social media and a few corners of mainstream media have scared the news that the tallest tree in Africa can be found in Limpopo, it will be a few hundred years before one of the sequoias is honored, those in a. grow in a remote valley in the Western Cape.

A Saligna Gum ( Eucalyptus saligna ) tree called “Fourth Kin”, which grows in Magoebaskloof. is a state forest and measures 83.7 m from the ground to the treetop. According to reports, it is the tallest tree in the world.

The next highest tree in Africa is 81.5 m high mahogany tree ( Entandrophragma excelsum ) hidden in a valley in Tanzania, reported Farmer’s Weekly.

Worldwide, Fourth Kins is the closest competitor for the title of the highest planted tree in the world an 82.25 m high mountain ash ( Eucalyptus regnans ) in New Zealand’s Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Fourth Kin, which was cultivated by a forester named AK Eastwood in. was planted in 1906, so I should have to catch up to defeat a coast redwood tree in California (USA) called Hyperion, which is the tallest tree in the world at 115 m.

The two other coastal redwoods from Hyperion ( Sequoia sempervirens ), called Helios and Icarus, occupy second and third place in the tall tree stakes and are estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old.

< p> Sequoias are famous for longevity and height – good news for a population of Sequoia sequoia that was planted in a kloof near Riversdale in the Western Cape nearly a century ago.

The trees are the remains of scattered sequoia plantations that foresters planted in the Western Cape a century ago.

The largest There are more than a dozen trees that are part of a nature reserve, which also includes the Grootvadersbosch nature reserve, whose 250 hectares Southern Afrotemperate Forest is the largest surviving forest of its kind in the region.

In addition to the sequoia trees, which are protected as exotic trees, the reserve is home to almost all 35 typical forest types, including ironwood, yellowwood and stinkwood.

The slow-growing sequoia trees could possibly reach the lofty heights of their American cousins, says Andrew Frost, owner of the Brackenhills Private Nature Reserve, which has a camp above the Kloof.

“You are at least 50 m tall,” he said. “And they’re still growing.”