Vaalnest honoured Madiba by planting over 50 trees on Mandela Day, here is a glimpse of the kind of trees that will one day fill the streets of Vaal Marina

Posted by Collen on Tue November 17, 2015 in Responsible Tourism & Environmental News.

Many of you know about our recent milestone achievement in planting 400 trees across the country with the help of our guests.

Many of you know about our recent milestone achievement in planting 400 trees across the country with the help of our guests. Vaalnest Boutique Hotel did just that again this past Mandela Day where we spent 1 hour planting 50 trees to honour the great man. Our aim was to give back to the community by combating this battle against Global Warming.

Here are quick facts about the 50 trees that are currently growing at Vaalnest:

Cape Ash Tree (Ekerbergia Capensis)

  • This indigenous, evergreen tree can grow up to 15m tall in gardens, but usually 8 to 10m tall. However individual trees vary considerably from one area to another with evergreen and semi-deciduous trees occurring together quite often.
  • Spreading crown can be up to 8m wide with attractive green leaves and the season’s new growth is bright red with small modest flowers appearing during summer time.
  • Cape Ash are aromatic, but not in amounts that should earn this tree a place in a fragrant garden, also to note is ornamental berry-like fruit which form and ripen in autumn and as they ripen they take on an attractive red colour. These are sought after by birds like red-winged starlings

Basic Tree information: • Plant in full sun to semi-shade and offer a regular water supply. • Purpose: Landscaping to Attract Birds, Landscaping to Attract Butterflies, Colour in the Garden


The Wild Olive Tree

  • Found not only throughout Africa, but also in Arabia, India and China. It is found in diverse habitats from woodlands to rocky hilltops.
  • The sweetly scented flowers are creamy-white and appear from Spring through to Summer. These are followed by the small fruit which have a deep purple-black like colour when ripe. Interestingly it is mainly the smallness of the flower and fruit that separates this tree from the cultivated olive of commerce.

Basic Tree Information:  Mainly grows on calciferous soils, because they act as indicators for this subsoil type. • Purpose: It is used to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, combat viral, fungal and bacterial infections and improve circulation and brain function. The leaves are used - either dried or made into a tincture. With its neat form and hardy habit, the Wild Olive is a popular bonsai and landscape tree.

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