Trees

There are by-laws in place to keep Pinelands green and promote nature. They exist to help us and should not be seen as an obstacle to your plans.  For more information on the by-laws, visit Pinelands By-Laws.  However, if in doubt, contact or visit our Sub-Council at St Stephens Road, Municipality building, or by calling 021 444 9816).

Pinelands is defined by its trees and there is a mixture of native and exotic specimens throughout our suburb.  Look to see what the Tree of the Year is – and if suitable for your needs, consider it for your garden.

ALERT! Polyphagous Shothole Borer Beetle (PSHB) has caused widespread infestation and loss of trees in parts of South Africa. The tiny beetle tunnels into the heartwood of trees and introduces a fungus which leads to the death of the tree. Become an active citizen! Download this Save Our Trees Leaflet describing how you can help to curb the spread of PSHB.

To learn more, you can also visit this resource on local website Life is a Garden.

Protected Trees:

Please keep in mind that trees on your verge and inside your garden may have protection status. Before removing review the List of Protected Trees and Shrubs (click here). If protected trees are removed without permission from Council (or Sub-council) you may be ordered to replace them and/or pay a fine.

Low-veld (Limpopo) thorn trees are fast becoming the ‘go to’ tree. They are fast growing and are low maintenance and tick the box for ‘planting a tree’, but please be aware that they are alien to the Western Cape and don’t offer our birdlife much in the way of suitable habitat or other benefits. Be aware that some plants could pose more harm that good to an immediate environment. Always seek professional advice.

Thorn trees have dangerously long thorns, mainly to prevent giraffes from grazing too much foliage. If not pruned back regularly their branches will hang at face or head height across pavements and can easily snag and injure passers-by, which may lead to complaints.

There are by-laws in place to keep Pinelands green and promote nature. They exist to help us and should not be seen as an obstacle to your plans.  For more information on Pinelands by-laws (click here). However, if in doubt, contact or visit our Sub-Council at St Stephens Road, Municipality building, or by calling 021 444 9816).

Planting New Trees:

If you wish to add trees to your property, the same planning process as used when choosing plants applies when choosing a tree:

Consider aspects such as:

  • your plot size;
  • the tree’s eventual, mature size;
  • the existing trees on your property;
  • the suburb’s by-laws and regulations, etc – they will affect your garden in some way.

Example: If you have a swimming pool or a drain system close to where you want to plant your new tree, choose one with a shallow root system or a tree that doesn’t seek water.  If you have a large swimming pool and not much space for a tree, you will need to find an evergreen variety, so that you won’t be scooping leaves all year round.

If unsure, seek professional advice from either a nursery or one of the many local tree feller companies – they will have experience on tree sizes, root systems and maintenance.

Keep in mind that certain trees have protection status. Check the trees you have and the trees you plan to plant against the List of Protected Trees and Shrubs i.t.o. the National Forests Act.