The sapling responds by putting its resources into growing taller but not sturdier. can i root/grow fever trees off slips Then we decided to take the stake out and see if he could stand on his own, but alas he flopped over completely! The name xanthophloea is derived from Greek and means "yellow bark" (ξανθός "yellow, golden"; φλοιός "bark"). Look for the swelling where the branch is attached on the main trunk of the sapling (very obvious in this tree) and cut immediately after it. Zumbani is caffeine-free and contains some amounts of vital minerals such as copper, zinc and iron. There are too many suggestions to address here so I suggest you Google: 'control aphids trees'. Thanks for all the valuable information your site provides. From the photo it looks as though this tree is not in a dire state and there seems to be no sign of disease. Hi i stay on the bluff durban Region: Buy Online. It is now understood that malarial fever is spread by mosquitosliving in the swampy areas that often support this tree species, and not by the tree species itself. They all become bonsais of a fashion.. and will never of course grow to full size. I see that much of its growth is to one side - is this a result of wind? I do wish nurseries would keep their websites up to date. Hope not cause we really love the tree's! The wood showing is oozing just a little gum. It has compound, broad leaves. Hi Jako I would like to just add to what Lorraine has said, I know this is old but it might help others understand. This is a forest tree, so in its natural habitat, the roots are shaded by other trees. Individuals can grow to 9.4 m. If you have the space rather start out with one or two large specimens from a nursery, placing them in a position where they can grow to their full potential without invading your living space. I would also make a bank of soil or branches around the tree's base - at least a meter away from the tree trunk, sprinkle some slow release organic fertiliser and a layer of compost, then cover all with a thick mulch of leaves or bark and water deeply (once a week for two hours at a light trickle). It is said to be one of the most aromatic of Zimbabwe’s indigenous shrubs. My main concern would be to keep as much of the tap root intact as possible. There are a number of Big Tree Nurseries in Gauteng who may be interested, although I have not previously heard of any of them buying large trees from home owners. As a preventative measure I would make every effort to ensure that the trees have the best possible drainage for the winter. If ¾ of your drink is the mixer, mix with the best. (These trees are greedy for water, especially in summer.) In nature, trees grow strong trunks in response to movement, i.e. It grows well in the northern suburbs of Cape Town as is evident of the many trees planted by the City Council along the streets. Hi, I bought two little fever trees today - they are only about 50cm in height. By a furlong: 1. Thank you for such a quick response. I have not had much experience in container growing, but I have had a few Acacias that have spent too long in their bags and their growth was suitably restricted. Oh, also check around under the soil at the base for ants. Anthony, As I have not done this before, I must refer you on to another site. Picture of fever tree and fungal infection,, Indigenous Plant Nurseries in the Johannesburg area. You’ll find the delicate Leopard Tree already showing lots of character as it stands with its pale, upright trunk in a 20-litre nursery bag. (Perhaps some sort of furrow to drain water away from them.) However, I have seen this happen to my bagged acacia trees when they have been too dry. It doesn't sound as though the tree is dead so you will just have to wait and see. I checked the catalogues for both of the above nurseries before I replied to Alan in the previous post, and neither of them had Fever Trees listed. They have endured winter rain and are getting good summer irrigation now; there is a bit of clay in soil. With its distinctive, smooth lime to yellow-green branches and stem, the fever tree is common in the Kruger National Park and Limpopo Valley. It seems that Fever Trees are sensitive to damage around the base of the tree. It’s the dropping temperatures in autumn and early winter that cause the leaves to slow the manufacture of chlorophyll. 8 no trees after they have taken off very well (They are more likely to charge you to remove it!) Flowers & Fruit will also play a deciding factor when it comes to pool planting. Am I doing the right thing by placing the stone chips around the trees? Anti-fungal sprays can help and in many instances, the infection will last only a year. Hi Lorraine These compounds possess antioxidant qualities, which are quite significantly higher than in rooibos tea. I have wanted a fever tree in my small Cape Town garden for a while and my intention is to remove a large plane tree and replace it with a fever tree, alongside the thirty plus year old yellowwood tree, which is now growing skew because of the horrid plane tree. I do however have ample borehole water available to water the trees during the summer months, but the water is brackish. Ps. One or two has the bottom debarking and darkening like in the pic you posted, PLUS more shallow damage from bottom to about 50cm up. I would also like to know about the pods produced by the Fever tree. The opportunity for Zumbani lies in its promotion as a (ice) tea, as herbal teas are fast gaining popularity. Im amazed knowing how much they need a good wet humid steamy hot summer and warm to cool (slightly cooler) sunny dry as a bone winter at how many people say they grow so well in The Cape, Western Cape. Regards Sara, I live in malmesbury, south africa and have 2 fever tree's . Hi Lorraine. Some species i wiould love are imposible to find seeds of. You have the general idea but a bit of background knowledge will help here. Another assumption I have made is that the soil in your area is very well-drained so that any moisture you do receive quickly dissipates. Vachellia xanthophloea (Fever Tree) is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae. Shares in Fever-Tree lost some of their fizz after co-founder and deputy chairman Charles Rolls announced he would bow out in June. Traditional medicinal and other uses. Unfortunately, I cannot upload a picture. An indigenous garden planted for the benefit of wildlife and birds. Many thanks and look forward to you reply. I can deal with the leaves, etc, in gutters, I have an indigenous Acer tree that drops LOTS of leaves, my concern is more roots, but I read above that fever tree have deep tap roots, do you think I will need okay wit it not too far from the house? I was unaware of the clay belt when this tree was planted. There are quite a few companies listed that you can contact. least thay have some kind of life which is better than none. Lorraine, tonight is my first venture into the world of planting fever trees In suburbia! And there's a fellow in Port Elizabeth that sells online too...and one or two others from time to time. The long, white thorns are noticeable on young trees, but become inconspicuous on mature trees. The other two I planted last year and are doing very well. Striking the right balance may take a bit of trial and error, but acacia trees are quite durable and should not suffer much from the process. If this is so, it is quite possible that the trees will never have a strong root system, as the tap root will be unable to straighten itself and go deep into the earth to form a sturdy anchor. The leaves … I am a farmer in Namaqualand and have a permanent tented camp on my farm ( To my horror I notice that most of them look similar (or worse) to the pic you posted on 06/21/2014 at 11:37. A healthy tree may occasionally have brown leaves, dead limbs, and other common problems, but sometimes it means you have a dying tree. Only the green outer bark has gone. Fever trees were the natural choice, especially considering a few houses down a neighbour planted three of them on their verge and they absolutely took off! They even removed all the rubble and 2 thorn trees on the pavement. Interestingly the exposed wood turns pitch black which leaves an electrifying contrast with the sulphuric yellow bark. Ideally, the stake should be somewhat thicker than you have used and should have been placed a bit further away from the sapling to prevent damage to the roots and to allow for movement. Would you be so kind as to pass on the name of your Tree Doctor so I can make contact directly as I am obviously very worried. in Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, as well as Zimbabwe, Mozambique and north to Kenya, in depressions and shallow pans where underground water is present or surface water collects after summer rains, in low-lying swampy areas, along the margins of lakes and on river banks, Vachellia xanthophloea needs plenty of water for rapid initial growth, and the plentiful use of compost and mulch is highly recommended. If you notice the slightest hint of a problem seek immediate help from an expert. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. The sea fog which brings in some moisture may help, but I assume that this is slightly saline and dries quite quickly - not something Fever trees would appreciate. Would be grateful for your advice, Sara. However many people in the Western Cape of South Africa, also a winter rainfall area, grow these trees successfully. Our local mall is situated high on a hill a few kilometres from the sea They get strong winds off the sea. From Africa I have some specimens growing of.. yes....Acacia.... but also Albizia, Boscia, Burkea, Celtis, Commiphora, Cussonia, Dichrostachys, Elephantorrhiza, Entada, Entandophragma, Erythropleum, Erythrina, Euphorbia, Jatropha, Kirkia, Moringa, pachypodium, Peltophorum, Schotia, Sesamnothamus and Sterculia ..... and on the non tree side of things...lots of Pelargoniums and succulents. It would depend on the amount of frost you get in the area. The dark brown tips are definitely dead but if the green branches are still pliable, the tree should recover. In a matter of two weeks they can heal over completely leaving that beautiful characteristic ripple like a stone in a pond effect on the bark and main trunk of wild trees. The one in Cedar Road also holds talks frequently on our local flora. The location is in the Winelands between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Can you perhaps shed some light on how sensitive Fever trees are for brackish (salty) water? It would also be beneficial in summer to cover the area all round the tree with an organic mulch (not lava rock!) I have found no reference in any of my sources as to an ideal ph for this species so a ph of 6.5 would probably be a good choice. Once the damage has advanced so that the tree bark is affected all the way round the tree or has spread into the trunk, there seems little one can do to save the tree. I appreciate your clarification on the invasive roots issue and will alter the above information accordingly. The area is in full sun for all or most of the day, all year round. Hi Lorraine there is a number of trees 10m plus in the area, hope to be a healthy fever tree grower. The leaves will fall at some point, and new leaves will grow in normally the following spring. The tree looks OK but will it eventually kill it? What fungicide did you use to curb the growth of the fungus? You will also find watering guidelines on this site at: I will answer in detail as its worth growing them right. Barry. That's about all I can suggest. Fever-Tree shares sink as sales growth loses fizz. Someone with exactly the same problem said mice had eaten the bark in his case and that the tree had planting around the bottom so the whole process was hidden! however I am surprised they could reach as high as they have. These beautiful trees have been planted in the wrong place and it saddens me to suggest they be removed. Thanks for comming back to me. It's important to take notice of such troubling signs and … The plant is moderately adapted to arid conditions and can survive short periods of drought and high temperatures without extra water. Trees with tap roots are reliant on the long root principally for anchorage, not for gathering nutrients and water - this is done by the horizontal network of roots found below the surface of the soil surrounding the tree. Hi The second is Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery at at 363 Valley Road, North Riding (web site: www. and was wondering if you could please advise how far apart Fever Trees should be planted. Hi Lorraine I recently discovered that our garden is situated on a clay belt - there is a clay belt in Table View running from Flamingo Vlei all the way through to Sunningdale. Insert it just far enough from the base to avoid the root ball. After a few sprays, the disease seems to have been stopped. Depending on the shape of the pot and how tightly the plant is settled in it, you may have to consider breaking the pot. This should be smooth and high enough to prevent small creatures from climbing over the top. W,hat are the black and red banded caterpillars that eat the roots of the acacia xanthophlia and create a foul smelling sticky deposit in the soil? My trees are totally exposed to the south easter as well as the north wester - perhaps this helps to balance the crowns! My main one for years has been Rachel and Rod Saunders at Silverhill Seeds in Kenilworth. Generally plants used do not need a lot of care. Lovely trees and very rewarding to have in the garden! The lesions slowly get bigger over the years. With swampy conditions, you can expect your trees to grow very big, very quickly. Specifying growth rate can be very misleading as there is considerable variation of growth rate depending on type and species of plant, available water, supplementary feeding, mulching and general care, as well as the plants suitability and adaptability to the garden environment. What would cause a fever tree to suddenly lose its leaves and appear to be dying. However, if planted from the start in the biggest container you can provide, the trees will also be able to develop stronger side roots. Fever trees are evergreen but the cooler winter temperatures combined with the lack of humidity and low rainfall may have caused the tree to go into temporary hibernation. Regards Refer to the two previous comments for more about this. In your position, I would not even consider it, but read the blog, look at the picture of the roots and then you can weigh up the pro's and con's before you make your decision. Very few wild trees have these even growing in seasonally swampy ground. The reason for the immediate use of a large container is that each time the young tree is re-potted, it suffers a stressful setback. Tap rooted trees get the bulk of their nutrients from the many horizontal roots they send out - often found in the first meter below the soil surface. There seems to be a fair amount of new growth along the nodes so cut back the dead wood only. Which leaves the winner. Fever-Tree also cut its sales outlook for the second time in as many months, having already lowered its guidance in November. I have two fantastic Indigenous Nurseries very close to me which stock the most amazing variety of trees etc. I saw in one of your posts that you could not locate any indigenous nursery's in the Johannesburg area. The questions you have asked, plus a whole lot more, have been answered in the blog. Step 4 Treat your rubber tree plant with an insecticide if you think it may be infested with scale bugs or some other pest. The idea is definitely feasible. I have had to give up on many plants that I would like to grow, the Fever tree being one of them. ... acacia trees will begin to lose their leaves. Kind regards, Catherine. Fever Tree fixes nitrogen. I would say spray or dust with a fungicide 2 or 3 times a year and see what happens. Firstly have no fear at all about pruning V. xanthophloea, just make sure you do it right, and from the start. They dont all grow invasive surface roots. Wow! 1. any of several trees having leaves or bark used to allay fever or thought to indicate regions free of fever 2. ornamental shrub or small tree of swampy areas in southwestern United States having large pink or white sepals and yielding Georgia bark for treating fever The sparse foliage creates a lightly dappled shade - very useful for plants needing just a little shade. Whilst the tree has green leaves on it I feel it will never grow well under the circumstances, if it lives. When should the tree get its new leaves for Summer? There are loads of posts with photos much further down this page regarding your problem. We have well drained soil in this area. Gosh, is my face red! Fever trees are only half-hardy to frost, meaning that they can survive the occasional light frost, but icy winds, sustained frost or heavy frost will cause permanent damage or death. wind, so it is essential to allow the trunk some movement. (Pea & Bean Family). With 125 classic and contemporary cocktail recipes to choose from, you’ll be on your way to mixing the best drinks in no time. Juice of 1 lime. It has clean-cut branches, sparse leaves and an open, rounded to flattish crown, with a spread of 10 to 12 meters. Copyright © 2009 - 2017 |, The legume and pod-bearing family. days I had to travel from Mondeor - always a major undertaking with three small kids in tow. In my case I have no choice as the tree is planted 2m from my pool and although only about 18 months old, already growing at a rapid rate. Staking is not meant to immobilise the the trunk altogether. Please could you comment on this and provide me with more information. Do you think lining the sides with plastic and giving the hole a layer (250mm or so) of clay at the bottom of each hole to retain moisture before filling the hole with compost enriched soil will create an acceptable patch to plant a Fever tree in or do you perhaps have a better suggestion? It has a self-supporting growth form. If it survives it will leaf when the weather warms up. Go to the following link and scroll down to the heading 'Are the roots invasive?' I doubt if I will be able to go any deeper with the excavator at this site, even 3m will be challenging at some spots. I have noticed a few small ants and bark damage and wonder if this could be the problem... What should I do and how do I get rid of them? Thanks. I am building a house and wants to plant Fever Trees as focus points. Get a stake 2 -3 cm in diameter, two thirds of the height of the sapling plus the 35 - 40 cm which will be buried. To demonstrate this, I have included a picture of the root of a three day old Acacia seedling. Is there anything else I should be doing? If you are unable to find a specific cause and the damage continues, I would suggest you get in touch with a 'tree doctor' - there is sure to be one in Cape Town - check the Yellow Pages. Also let me know where you are as this may also narrow the field down a bit. I could spend hours at Witkoppen, planning and collecting and counting my pennies. It has gone black, the bark is peeling and some glue oozes from the trunk. How often should the trees be watered in summer months? Animal associations. Staking is vital in domestic situations at least until the tree has put on sufficient girth and side roots. Hi Q: We have a large acacia tree (the trunk is about 22 inches diameter) that is dropping leaves. Take the two ends of the tie, cross them over, take them around the trunk, cross them over again (like a figure 8)and re-tie the ends to the stake. • FEVER TREE (noun) The noun FEVER TREE has 4 senses:. Hi Lorraine, I can't give you an answer but here are some thoughts: It may be possible that as the tree is going into it's winter rest period, it is dripping an excess of moisture as it seals off the leaves as they fall. The tree had shrubs grown up close around it and I have learnt my lesson with that. Perhaps another reader will be able to add some clarity to this matter. Alan. I really need to be living in Africa but for some strange reason the Gods of Fate dumped me here!! Sadly far as tres are concerned...I live in Canada....far away from the trees I am doomed to grow them in pots. I also have a problem with them falling over but have supported then now. Hi Lorraine, I have found out the answer to the ring-barking on my lovely Fever Tree, as same thing has happened on the farm I lived for many years in our area...mice! Take care not to damage the tap root. You can go to the following website to contact the chap who provided me with the information: I really hope that you will be able to save at least some of your trees. I am not sure how well these trees adjust to a winter rainfall area, as they are usually dormant at this time of the year. Firstly investigate the soil around the base and under the soil, specifically for ants or termites, but also for signs of other insect activity. I posted a comment about my fever tree in the Cape some time ago. You will want the soil firmly packed, but not compacted. However, one has died entirely (possible root damage when harshly tethering to straighten) and another is now looking poorly and has gone introducing a shock of seed pods. Fever tree acacia (Acacia xanthophloea) Characteristics. This weak layer causes the leaf to loosen and then fall off. I have researched a number of sites and it appears that most acacias do not grow from cuttings, and those that do, need to be kept in a heated misting unit. I would go ahead and transplant the tree. My Thorn Trees were apparently at that age. My apologies for not having replied to your query. I am sorry to hear that your trees have died. You can look forward to: The stake should remain just long enough for the sapling to stand alone - a few months but no longer than a year. Fever trees seem to do very well in the Western Cape and you can find them at most tree nurseries. These insects both produce honeydew which could explain the drips. They lose their leaves to conserve moisture and reduce the amount of energy they must consume in order to stay alive. We planted him with the stake supplied in August 2013, and he seemed to take well. A new name, new look, mobile device friendly layout and additional features in the coming months. Will it later lift my structure or do any damage? You are absolutely correct regarding the tap root, but the principal reason for the tap root is to anchor the tree deeply into the ground. I would stop watering altogether in autumn. I hope this has provided you with enough information to make a decision, but feel free to contact me with more information about your locality and climate. Initially the trees grew well but after a couple of years many of them have died and the rest are twisted little shrubs. I have recently bought a house in Garsfontein and there is a large Fever Tree on the pavement. The dried leaves are made into a herbal tea, to treat coughs, colds, bronchial problems and to bring down fever, to treat dysentery and diarrhoea, rashes and headaches. Tree People: Plant the right way Thank you for your knowledgeable advice and comments. All I can suggest is that you contact a Tree Doctor to make a definite diagnosis and perhaps provide a solution. Vachellia xanthophloea  is immediately eye-catching with its smooth, slightly flaking, greenish-yellow bark which is coated in a yellow, powdery substance. We have to do this for them in domestic situations if we want a tree that looks as majestic as the wild ones. As I have no access to good specimens, would you please consider sending me a couple of photos to add to the website. The tips die off and if not given water the whole plant dies. This said, there is no guarantee that the tree will thrive as it may be pot bound or stunted, but with luck, it shouldn't die.