Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Iconic South African Trees - The Twin Giants of the Magoebaskloof

Recently, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) earmarked the two giant Saligna gum trees (Eucalyptus diversicolor) of the Woodbush State Forest near Haenertsburg in Limpopo as a priority for protection and as such were included on the list of “Champion Trees” of South Africa.

Planted in 1926 these magnificent specimens are thought to be the tallest planted Eucalyptus in Africa and perhaps even the World.

Due to the wet subtropical climate and deep soils of the area, these majestic trees have reached the unprecedented height of 78,5m and 79m.

Alongside these two giants lie the remains of the tree that originally held the record for the tallest planted Eucalyptus in Africa at 81,5m. This noble 100 year old tree, planted in 1906, sadly blew over in a storm in 2006.

The Woodbush State Forest hosts a number of popular hiking trails, so when the Twin Giants were placed under protection by DWAF, the forester of Woodbush, Mr Tiennie Niewoudt, took it upon himself to reroute the Magaoebaskloof hiking trail to enable sightseers and hikers wishing to view the Twin Giants to gain easy access to these magnificent natural wonders.

When next you find yourself in the Magoebaskloof area, be sure to pay a worthwhile visit to these incredible trees!
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