Breede River Yellowwood
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Breede River Yellowwood Overview
Breede river yellowwoods are unlike other yellowwoods in that they, multi-stemmed and more bush-like than tree-like. They are handsome medium-sized garden trees and are the smallest of the South African yellowwoods, generally they are small trees, but when grown in sheltered, well-watered ravines they can grow much taller and more upright. Although the Breede River yellowwood produces good timber, comparable to that of the others, it is not of great economic importance because large straight pieces can seldom be obtained. P. elongatus has evolved a survival strategy that the other southern African yellowwoods have not, it's ability to resprout from epicormic buds i.e. buds on the trunk of the tree. In an undamaged tree with a full canopy the buds lie dormant, but if a tree falls or is knocked over or the crown is damaged and the trunks are exposed to the heat and light of the sun they spring to life sending out shoots that grow into branches that eventually repair the damage.
Common problems with Breede River Yellowwood
Generally problem free.
Breede River Yellowwood Companion Plants
Cunonia capensis, Olea capensis, Sclerophyllous shrubs
How to harvest Breede River Yellowwood
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Breede River Yellowwood
Tip cuttings can be taken in spring and placed in a mist house. Take note they do not transplant easily.
Fresh seed must be sown soon after harvesting in late summer or autumn. Sow into deep trays, keep moist and shaded. It takes up to 3 months to germinate! In nature, bats will eats the seeds and digest the outer layer making germinating better!
Special features of Breede River Yellowwood
The fruits on female trees will attract a variety of birds to the garden.
Other uses of Breede River Yellowwood
Although the Breede River yellowwood produces good timber, comparable to that of the others, it is not of great economic importance because large straight pieces can seldom be obtained.