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Spekboom – Nature’s Miracle Worker

Spekboom – also known as Pork Bush or Elephant’s Food is an indigenous evergreen.  This environmental miracle worker absorbs harmful carbon emissions from the air like no other plant can.

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Indigenous to South Africa

This little plant – native to the Karoo region of South Africa –  is an environmental miracle worker!

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This succulent tree is known as:

  • Portulacaria Afra
  • Elephant’s Food
  • Pork Bush

 

The trees can grow to between 2 and 5 meters tall and can live up to 200 years.

 

Resilient Plant

The plant is easy to grow and is incredibly resilient.  Spekboom is able to survive frost, drought and fire. It is easy to propagate, any gardener’s delight.  Cut or break off a piece of spekboom, let it dry out for a couple of days and then plant.

 

Spekboom responds well to pruning and grows densely, making it an excellent and hardy hedge.  In late winter and early Spring the flowers appear in tiny flashes of pink.  The nectar-rich flowers attract birds to any suburban garden.

 

This low maintenance plant can survive on as little as 250mm of water per year.  It is an excellent soil binding plant which helps prevent soil erosion.

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Stimulates Biodiversity

Another bonus of having Spekboom in a garden or in the wild is that it is a plant that stimulates biodiversity.  What this means is that it enables animals and other plants to grow around it and live in it.

 

Highly Efficient C02 Absorber

All of this is wonderful but what makes this plant incredibly valuable to our stressed environment is that, according to The Spekboom Foundation:

“Spekboom has enormous carbon-storing capabilities. Its capacity to offset harmful carbon emissions is compared to that of moist, subtropical forests. This remarkable plant is unique in that it stores solar energy to perform photosynthesis at night. This makes a spekboom thicket 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.”

Studies show that one mature spekboom tree captures 4 to 8 kg carbon per year – 100 times more effective at reducing carbon than a pine tree.

 

This makes it a powerful tool in the fight against climate change due to the green house effect and the move towards a zero-carbon world.  The Green Housing Company has dedicated itself to building smart, ecologically friendly homes with off-grid capability.  We are proud to be part of the green housing solution.

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Spekboom Is Edible

Our wonder plant is edible and high in nutritional value.  The leaves can be added to salads for something unique.  See recipe.   Elephants, kudu and black rhino love eating spekboom.  Filled with moisture, this plant can treat exhaustion and dehydration.

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The Giant Flag Initiative

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The Spekboom plant is also one of the star plants which will be used in the Giant Flag initiative.  This is a living natural flag being grown on a previously barren tract of land in in The Valley of Desolation, just outside Graaff Reinet.  The flag will be made up of millions of coloured desert plants and will include a four-megawatt solar field. The flag is viewable from space and will be the size of 66 soccer fields Check it out at www.giantflag.co.za

 

​ Do your bit for the environment, plant a spekboom tree today!

Sources: The Spekboom Foundation; The Good things Guy; www.taste.co.za; www.giantflag.co.za