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Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar

As the year draws to a close and the festive season are upon us, we celebrate the attractive Dogwood which is found over most of South Africa. The indigenous Dogwood has dense, glossy, dark green foliage and grows to a height of 2 – 4 m, making it an ideal specimen for smaller gardens. As [...]

By |2015-12-24T10:21:28+02:00December 24th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar

Celtis sinensis – Chinese Nettle-tree

Often confused with the indigenous Celtis africana, the Chinese Nettle-tree originates from eastern Asia.  Although it has been declared as a Category 3 invasive species in various regions of South Africa, it is still available for sale in Gauteng. Very similar to the White Stinkwood, the tree is deciduous and can reach a height of [...]

By |2015-12-17T10:27:32+02:00December 17th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese Nettle-tree

Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple

This slow growing evergreen tree is an extremely versatile all-rounder.  Growing to a height of 3 – 5 m with a non-aggressive root system, the Kei-apple lends itself to many applications, whether planted on its own, in a border or as a screen.  It can be used as a container tree and is ideal for [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:09:36+02:00December 10th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple

Syzigium jambos – Rose apple

Syzigium jambos, commonly known as the rose apple, in no way resembles an apple, neither in the tree nor in its fruit.  In fact, this exotic plant which hails from Southeast Asia is a member of the myrtle family. In general the tree reaches a height from 7.5 to 12 m and has a dense [...]

By |2015-12-03T12:33:08+02:00December 3rd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Syzigium jambos – Rose apple

Cedrus deodara – Himalayan cedar

Native to the Himalayas, small potted specimens of Cedrus deodara are often used as Christmas trees in South African homes.  In nature, the cedar can reach a height of up to 24 m with a spread of approximately 10 m.  Suitable for large gardens, it also makes an ideal avenue tree or can act as [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 26th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cedrus deodara – Himalayan cedar

Mangifera indica – Mango tree

Mango trees are grown over a wide area in South Africa, with the main production regions being the Northern Province and Mpumalanga.  Tolerant of a wide range of climatic conditions, the mango tree flourishes in humid warm conditions where enough water is available during the fruit development stage.  This evergreen, medium to large (9 – [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:09:49+02:00November 19th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mangifera indica – Mango tree

Tarchonanthus camphoratus – Wild Camphor bush – Vaalbos

Summer is truly here and along with the severe heat, we are experiencing serious water issues.  There has never been more need for a hardy, very water wise tree and the Camphor bush has proven to be an ultimate survivor in harsh conditions. This small tree is a moderately fast grower and can reach a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 12th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tarchonanthus camphoratus – Wild Camphor bush – Vaalbos

Carissa macrocarpa – Natal plum – Big num-num – Grootnoem-noem

The ornamental, evergreen Carissa macrocarpa is indigenous to South Africa, naturally occurring in bush and forests along our coastline.  This versatile shrub that reaches up to 4 m in height can be trimmed to form a hedge or shaped into a small tree. The leaves are glossy and provide the perfect backdrop for the starry [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 5th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carissa macrocarpa – Natal plum – Big num-num – Grootnoem-noem

Erythrina latissima – Broad-leaved coral tree – Breeblaarkoraalboom

The Broad-leaved coral tree is easily identifiable by its large, 3-foliolate leaves.  The foliage is soft and initially woolly in texture, becoming grey-green and leathery as it matures.  The bark of this tree is corky with thorns, becoming deeply grooved as the tree develops. Deciduous, the Erythrina latissima is a small to medium sized tree [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00October 29th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Erythrina latissima – Broad-leaved coral tree – Breeblaarkoraalboom

Bauhinia blakeana – Hong Kong Orchid tree

The exotic Bauhinia blakeana hails from southern China and was named as the floral emblem of Hong Kong.  Best known for its beautiful display of orchid-like blooms, this tree makes an excellent specimen tree when in bloom. The Hong Kong orchid tree is a medium sized, quick growing tree that can reach a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00October 22nd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia blakeana – Hong Kong Orchid tree