One of Geoff Lawtons top legumes for subtropical forest gardens. It is sometimes called the Yellow Jacaranda because in form it is very similar, open light feathery shade, with a spreading top and super strong flowering of bright yellow flowers in Summer. The trees become canopy if left and they can also be managed in a chop and drop fashion, like Tagasaste to create mulch , and speeding up carbon sequestration etc
Forest Gardens are orchards designed in such a way so the needs of the heavy bearing heavy feeding fruit trees are taken care of in the design.
We do this by:
- Ensuring no more than 60% of the canopy space is taken up by heavy feeders. We prefer 40%.
- For every square metre of heavy feeder canopy there is 0.8 of a square metre of nitrogen fixer.
- For every square metre of heavy feeder there is 1 comfrey plant.
- You have all seven (7) layers of the forest garden present.
- You have as wide a range of mineral accumulators present.
For more details about this see the Koanga Design Your Own Forest Garden Booklet