Are pine trees native to South Africa?
The answer is no. Pine trees are not an indigenous feature of South African nature, we’re afraid. The seeds for various types of pine trees were first bought over in the 17th century, at the behest of the First governor at the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck.
Are pine trees invasive to South Africa?
In South Africa, formal pine plantations cover 660 000 ha, and invasive stands of pine trees occur in a further 2.9 million ha.
What is the value of pine trees?
The value of pine trees in the forest or in a plantation can be appraised by a Consulting Forester. Pine timber generally sells for less than ten cents per board foot. So, a big pine tree might be worth $30. However, on a big well-managed plantation, that could add up to significant value on a per-acre basis.
How long does it take to grow pine timber?
On good sites, pines will grow more than 10% each year up , nearly doubling in volume every 7 years, until growth starts to slow around age 35 or so. Not all trees have the same value. Trees in the 6 to 8-inch diameter range are usually sold as pulpwood, OSB, chips, or low-grade lum- ber.
Where are pine trees found in South Africa?
1 Map showing the distribution of pine (all commercial species) in South Africa. There are approximately 721,000 ha of commercial pine plantations, with plantations concentrated in Limpopo Province (3.9%), Western Cape (12.1%), Eastern Cape (14.6%), KwaZulu- Natal (25.4%), and Mpumalanga (44%) .