One of the old remaining trunks of the wild almond hedge of 13 km planted in the Cape in 1660 can be seen here. The hedge was for protection against Khoi tribes stealing cattle and sheep from the early Dutch farmers and as windbreaks. A few of these trees that may date from 1660 still remain on Kirstenbosch land, on Wynberg Hill and in Bishopscourt. The photo was taken in Kirstenbosch. Development has, however, removed most of the hedge long ago. One wonders whether these trees are originals and exceed 350 years in age themselves or may have grown from seed under the planted ones and replaced them over time. Maybe someone has counted tree year rings!
The bark of Brabejum stellatifolium is pale grey and mostly smooth, even on very old trees. The shrub or tree grows to 8 m and branches much, also from the base (Coates Palgrave, 2002; Esterhuyse, et al, 2001).