Its the month of March and on the hills at the rear of our housing complex the beautiful Gliricidia trees are in full bloom. Earlier the hills were bare and stony and when Gliricidia trees were planted in a short while the plants became trees. The lovely flowers are in bloom during March April and soon the trees become bare. I am sharing few pictures taken by me.

Gliricedia  - FINAL (4)

Gliricedia- FINAL (1) copy

Gliricedia - FINAL (2) copy

For more information please read the Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliricidia_sepium

Gliricidia sepium is a medium-sized tree and can grow to about 10 meters high. The bark is smooth and has composite leaves. Each leaf is composed of leaflets that are about 2 to 7 cm long and 1 to 3 cm wide. The flowers are located on the end of branches that have no leaves. These flowers have a bright pink to lilac color that is tinged with white.

The tree is used in many tropical and sub-tropical countries for various purposes such as live fencing, fodder, coffee shade, firewood, green manure. Live fences can be grown from 1.5 m to 2.0 m stakes of Gliricidia sepium in just a month.

Because it fixes nitrogen in the soil, it boosts crop yields significantly without the expense of chemical fertilizers. It is also one of the most important tropical agro forestry trees and is an effective wind-breaker.

Cheers 🙂

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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

6 responses »

  1. Such a gorgeous shade of pink! Mrgie

  2. I have learnt something new today Dilip and such a versatile tree .. Much like our own Hawthorne bushes which are often used as fences between fields and their blossoms can be either white or pink.. 🙂 They produce red berries in the autumn which birds can feed off.. and we can make syrup and other things from the berries, which many do not know about as many think the berries are poisonous… but in fact they aren’t.

    Wishing you a Wonderful Spring… as you plant and sow seeds 🙂 xxxx

  3. Dilip says:

    Hawthorne bushes and red berries wow sounds interesting I’d like to Google it and see what it looks like. And many thanks for gracing Jugnoo farms blog 🙂

  4. Parth Lawate says:

    hi

    I have heard that the gliricedia leaves increase soil acidity and other plants won’t grow well in the soil which has the decomposed leaves .is this true ? Have u experienced it ?

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