Limpopo tree the tallest in Africa

2011-08-26 09:46

A Sydney bluegum tree (Eucalyptus saligna) in Limpopo is the tallest tree in Africa, the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has said.

Spokesperson Steven Galane said the tree measured 80m and broke the previous South African tree height record by a metre. It was also a new African tree height record.

The previous South African record was held by two bluegum trees measuring 79m.

“The Sydney gum tree towers above a stand of gum trees planted in 1906 in the Woodbush Forest Estate in Limpopo province,” Galane said.

He said three giant Mexican pine trees (Pinus oocarpa) were also measured, the tallest of which measured over 50m.

“Few pine trees anywhere in the world reach these dimensions.”

It was estimated that the pine trees, like their gum tree counterparts nearby, were older than a century. 

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