The Covid-19 Pandemic has meant that a lot of us have spent a lot more time at home than we may have done in the past.
One of the benefits of being at home is that it has afforded us the opportunity to spend more time in our gardens. With this in mind, we would like to guide our keen gardeners through a series of “undesirable” trees.
We at Brand’s Tree Felling are committed to preserving our indigenous trees and will not only help you to remove alien invasive trees, but can also give advice on which indigenous trees will be suitable replacements for unwanted trees that are removed from your garden.
Our Web Site has a Tree of the Month Newsletter under the NEWS tab, which can also be referred back to when choosing a new tree.
Please contact us for a quote should you require the removal of an Alien Invasive tree and our Horticulturist can then also offer free advice on suitable replacement trees.
“UNDESIRABLE” TREE OF THE MONTH: PHYTOLACCA DIOICA (BELHAMBRA)
This tree is soft-wooded, semi-evergreen, grows very fast to +/- 20m tall and has a huge buttressed trunk.
The root system can be a huge problem as it causes considerable damage to walls, water pipes, paving and building foundations.
Creamy yellow flowers in Spring are followed by fertile seeds and this Brazilian tree will seed itself readily in warm, humid areas of South Africa.
This tree competes with our indigenous plants and trees and puts a strain on our groundwater as it consumes large amounts of water.
Suggested replacement tree: Combretum Erythrophyllum (River Bushwillow)