Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer: Impact of carnage on trees being felt

Katherine Christie, councillor for Ward 58, says the decision to remove a much-loved tree, infested with PSHB, on her property was difficult but necessary. PHOTO: Supplied

Nettalie Viljoen – 11 April 2023

From Tuesday 4 April the City of Cape Town has removed 40 trees infested with the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) beetle along the Liesbeek River corridor, near the N2 highway and Liesbeek Park Way – and more fellings are likely to follow as the pest continues to spread.

First discovered on a private property off Kildare Road, Newlands on Tuesday 24 January, evidence of the borer beetle’s spread is already evident in Wynberg, Rondebosch, Mowbray, Claremont, Kenilworth and Observatory…