Lucerne Trees ~ Food that Grows on Trees!

The Lucerne Tree

also known as Tagasaste,

(biological name Chamaecytisus palmensis)

is an evergreen tree that can live for 60 – 80 years.

Its leaves provide a protein-rich food

which animals can safely browse without any risk of bloating.

The tree grows extremely fast,

responds well to severe pruning

and recovers quickly after it has been browsed.

3-year-old lucerne tree

It grows well in winter-rainfall areas,

is drought, frost and heat-resistant

and thrives in well-drained poor, sandy soil.

Typical of lucerne plants, it has nitrogen-fixing nodules in its roots which enrich the soil.

First cultivated in Australia in 1982 for sheep farmers, it has proven to improve the carrying capacity of the land dramatically and has transformed the land and the soil.

© lucernetreefarm.wordpress.com 2012

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9 thoughts on “Lucerne Trees ~ Food that Grows on Trees!

    • Hallo Gabrie
      EK HET OOK N KLOMP MET STEGGIES GEVESTIG EN WAG OOK OM TE SIEN OF HY N PEN WORTEL GAAN MAAK.Ek dink amper nie maar hopelik sal hy ons mooi verrass. GROEI JOU STEGGIES OOK BAIE STADIG?.

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    • @Kaambu, We have sent a lot of seed to Namibia. These trees do extremely well in well-drained soils and are extremely drought-resistant once established. Kind regards, Nadene

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