Trees in town: Giant paperbark is a home to many

Giant paperbark.

Peter Lawson is particularly fond of the paperbark thorn (Acacia siebernia) which graces the premises of Lawsons Tours in Palm Street, West Acres.

When Lawson purchased the property in 1980 the tree was already large and had grown to be enormous, providing welcome shade.

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“This tree is a fond favourite of all the office staff and others who see it regularly.

“For a number of years it had a bees’ nest just below the canopy and this attracted birds such as beautiful white-fronted bee-eaters and on occasions migratory European bee-eaters.

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“Others attracted to the bees as food were sometimes fork-tailed drongos, orange-breasted bushshrikes and, really special, three species of honeyguides. These included the lesser honeyguide, greater honeyguide and one normally found in forest habitat, the scaly-throated honeyguide,” said Lawson.

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If you have a story to share or have a majestic tree growing in your garden or know of one that you feel needs the recognition it deserves, get in touch with Hancu Louw by emailing him at [email protected].

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Hancu Louw

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