n Veld & Flora - Manipulating landscapes

Volume 103 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0042-3203



Soon after the discovery of gold in the mid-1880s, early residents of Johannesburg’s emergent northern suburbs planted their gardens and pavements with Jacaranda, Syringa, and various other exotic trees such as oaks, firs, palms, and gums, etc. The Jacarandas, now towering titans entwined with scrambling ivy and vines, make a spectacular display each October when their blossoming crowns combine with the vividly coloured Bougainvillea bracts. Lionel Phillips, a gold-mining ‘Randlord’, cautioned that some of these exotics could become invasive, but his warnings were ignored. The trees flourished, and today these invasive aliens are indeed a problem.

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