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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Quiver Tree

Afrikaans name: Kokerboom

beautiful Quiver Tree landscape

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Aloe dichotoma

The Quiver Tree is one of the most distinctive trees in the more arid parts of South Africa. It is a member of the aloe family. Despite the harsh conditions they may live for 80 years.

The tree grows to a height of around 7 metres. In the months of June and July they produce yellow flowers which attract birds such as the sugarbirds. The trees are also popular with Sociable Weavers who may build their massive communal nests in them.

How did the tree get its common name of Quiver Tree? It comes from the Bushmen who make quivers for their arrows by hollowing out the branches of the tree.

The Quiver Tree is commonly used in landscape gardens in drier areas of the world.


References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 77

Country Life - Issue 266 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 28

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 18

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 40

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 11

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 392

Sasol First Field Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith - Year Published: 2003 - Page: 24

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 16

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 159

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 108

What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 16

Wildflowers of the Northern Cape - Author: Jill Adams - Year Published: 1976 - Page: 12

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