‘Upside down’ tree trade illegal
EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife has urged members of the public to refrain from buying ‘upside down’ trees from Dukuduku’s roadside sellers, for numerous reasons.
The trees are the root systems of a protected species and, as such, the felling of them for decorative household items is not sustainable, it is not a by-product of agricultural development, and the trees are killed specifically to be sold.
The species, the Hymenocardia ulmoides (Redheart) is a slow-growing indigenous hardwood tree.
Export of this species from KZN is not legal without a permit and Ezemvelo discourages anyone from supporting this ‘unwise form of use’.
Dukuduku’s ‘upside down’ trees are a protected slow-growing indigenous hardwood species known as the Redheart