Warning – strangler at work

In an earlier post, my brother lamented the scourge of syringa berry trees in Durban.  In the comments section it was suggested that strangler figs could be used to combat them.  I regularly jog down Manning Road and spotted a strangler fig at work on a Flamboyant.

Warning - strangler at work

Warning - strangler at work

Strangler fig reaching the ground.

Strangler fig reaching the ground.

Strangler fig wrapping around the trunk.

Strangler fig wrapping around the trunk.

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5 Responses to Warning – strangler at work

  1. Ross April 16, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    I agree, I also wrote a post about this a while back. It might take a while, but this is about as natural a weedkiller as you can get!

    The only problem would be the extra few years that the Syringa would get to sow its seeds…

  2. Niall McNulty April 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    maybe it could be implemented as the same time as a young-tree elimination programme?

  3. shaggy November 20, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Great idea, as Ross suggested!

    What you could do is make seed bombs of strangler figs seeds, so get an old stocking and fill it with compost and some seeds of the fig, leave the top open and give it good water and fix it to a crotch of a tree to kill and soon it will get going with avengence. The more you use the quicker it will be!

  4. Smile November 21, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    seed bombs sound like a killer idea 🙂 mol-d, you keen? anyone else in Durban feel like a mission?

  5. mol-d November 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    sure i’ll do it! die syringas!!!

    hey shaggy, got any fresh ideas on this?

    http://www.sprig.co.za/2009/03/syringas/

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