Tipuana Tipu | root trainer 40cm


Nitrogen fixer to 15m

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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