Germinating and Growing

Common African Indigenous Trees

 

 

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Shepherd Tree

Boscia albitrunca
 

 

 

 

 

1/ Easily grown from seed or shoot and root cuttings. Seed must be collected from the trees when the fruits are ripe and then dried in a shady place. Be sure to remove all the flesh from the seed as it contains a growth inhibitor. Seed on the ground is usually parasitised. If trees are going to be planted in areas that experience some frost during winter, it is best to collect the seed from colder areas. Seed should be planted in seedling trays filled with river sand. Merely press the seed until it is below the soil level and cover lightly with sand. Keep under conditions conducive to germination. Seeds usually germinate after 7-14 days. Seedlings must be transplanted directly into open ground. If planted out into nursery bags, growth tends to stop. Young plants tend to bush, but they react well to pruning. The growth rate depends on the amount of moisture in the ground, and it is usually fast growing during the first five years. This tree is well adapted to dry conditions and high summer temperatures and can withstand short periods of frost. This is a protected tree in South Africa.

 

 

2/ Gardeners find this a worthwhile tree to plant, as it is hardy and drought-resistant. It is easily propagated and grows from shoot and root cuttings.

 

 

3/ The seeds germinate readily. Root and shoot cuttings (+/- 1 x 15cm) and even truncheons (10cm x 2-3m large branches) grow very well. Seedlings are hardy and drought resistant, but sensitive to extreme cold. They grow fairly slowly.

 

 

 

 

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