07 July 2008

Tuesdays Trees #12 - Keurboom

No wonder the South Western Cape is known as the Garden Route, with this profusion of plants alongside the road.

The Keurboom, with its pink flowers is in full bloom, giving a spectacular show. Keurbooms are indigenous, fast growing trees with a fairly short life span. In the past I have succesfully grown these from seeds. They grow quickly and die off at about the time the slower growing trees start getting to a decent height. They are very rewarding trees in the forests and in the garden.

9 comments:

Swubird said...

Max-e:

Beautiful looking tree. It looks more like a shrub. Does it grow anywhere else in the world, or is it strictly an African plant?

Great shot.

Happy trails.

Neva said...

You have some awesome plants where you are....are those really purple flowers? they look wonderful.

Neva said...

I see you wrote pink but I see purple....must be the colors on my computer...It's all good!

Bob Johnson said...

Again cool plant life you have there, you are so lucky.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post Max.. I have made a habit of replanting certain trees I come across for a number of years now... A few years back a train line was closed down and trees soon took hold... I would drive down towards them as far as I could and then walk the rest.. I would dig up the tiny saplings of Oak, Beech, Holly, Horse Chesnut, and Silver Birch... I have transplanted around forty Oaks and 35 are going strong some are now 25years old... I kept two Silver Birch which have featured many times in my pictures. I get great pleasure know that these trees are now starting to grow in places where there were non before.

Max-e said...

Swubird this is an indigenous tree and only grows in the coastal strip from the South Western to the Western Cape

Max-e said...

Neva they are definitely pink. It must the the colour of the photo

Max-e said...

Bob we are very blessed in the Eastern Cape, with its amazing biodiversity from semi desert to lush forests.

Max-e said...

Tom, I know what you mean. We have also planted many trees over the years and it is always rewarding to go back and see how they have done after many years.