• The benefits of tree lucerne: Attracting bees and distracting the birds in your orchard

    3 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Pigeon in flight.
    It doesn't bear fruit, but this little tree will vastly improve your orchard's productivity.
    This article first appeared in the January 2013 issue of NZ Lifestyle Block.
    Words: Ben Gaia
    Tree lucerne, also known as tagasaste , is a giant tree broom from the windswept Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Warm, dry and salty are its preferred conditions. It grows very fast in NZ and flowers in late winter when other nectar sources are few.
    Tree lucerne flowers profusely with a great froth of bright white blossoms so bees are attracted to the area to pollinate your fruit...
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