10 years to reach maturity
Outeniqua Yellowwood Overview
A majestic evergreen tree that can grow to the height of up to 50m in ideal conditions. Has a long straight trunk with peeling bark. The large, dense crown is often a roosting and nesting site for various birds. The wood is used extensively for furniture, roof beams, floorboards, door and window frames and boat building. Some of the famous yellowwood antiques seen throughout South Africa were made from the wood of this specific tree. Podocarpus falcatus could make an ideal indigenous substitute for the exotic pine trees currently being used in plantations.
Common problems with Outeniqua Yellowwood
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Outeniqua Yellowwood
Berry like seeds need to be harvested when fleshy part is yellow. Capsule needs to be removed before sowing as it inhibits germination.
How to propagate Outeniqua Yellowwood
The seed must be pushed and bedded into the mixture and covered with a light layer of soil. The mixture must stay moist at all times. Some of the seed may take up to six months to germinate.
Special features of Outeniqua Yellowwood
Ripe fruits are eaten by bats, bushpigs, fruit-eating birds (Cape parrots, purple-crested, Knysna and Ross's louries, Rameron, African green and Delagorgue's pigeons).
Can be pruned into hedges.
Other uses of Outeniqua Yellowwood
The wood is used extensively for furniture, roof beams, floorboards, door and window frames and boat building.
The bark is used for tanning leather.