The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Outeniqua Yellowwood tree

Afrikaans name: Outeniekwageelhout

Outeniqua Yellowwood tree in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Outeniqua Yellowwood tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Podocarpus falcatus

The Outeniqua Yellowwood tree is also known as the Small-leaved Yellowwood tree. This is a very big tree that can, on occasions, reach a height of 60 metres which makes it a lot bigger than the Real Yellowwood tree.

The bark of the Outeniqua Yellowood is a dark chocolate brown and breaks off in rectangular or roundish pieces. The leaves are narrow and dark green. The female trees bear green cones that turn yellow with age.

The wood of this tree is well-known for its use in fine furniture. Yellowwood trees are slow-growing so the use of them for timber is controlled.

Leaves of an Outeniqua Yellowwood tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Outeniqua Yellowwood tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

The Flora of the Natal Drakensberg - Author: Donald Killick - Published: 1990 - Page: 60

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 88

Tsitsikama Trees - Author: Prof. HB Rycroft - Published: 1980 - Page: 10

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 46

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 43

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - 2nd edition - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 2004 - Page: 294

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 201

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 8

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 390

Sappi Tree Spotting: Highveld and the Drakensburg - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 1998 - Page: 154

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 69

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 16


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