Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos

Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos Although the Coast silver oak bears no relationship to the oak, the foliage of the Brachylaena discolor probably reminded the early settlers of oaks when they arrived on South African shores. The foliage is distinctive as it is green on top with a silvery green underside that [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00July 30th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos

Dovyalis zeyheri – Wild apricot – Wilde-appelkoos

The Wild apricot has an unusual claim to fame. At certain times of the year, the leaves inexplicably emit a strong smell of carrion, which is surprising coming from a tree. The small to medium sized, evergreen tree is related to the better-known Kei-apple. These two plants are fairly similar in that both trees feature [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00July 23rd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis zeyheri – Wild apricot – Wilde-appelkoos

Persea americana ‘Fuerte’ – Avocado tree

In keeping with seasonal fruit, we are looking at the Avocado tree today, with special focus on the ‘Fuerte’ cultivar. Named ‘Fuerte’, meaning ‘strong’ in Spanish, this is one of the most popular cultivars in South Africa. The ‘Fuerte’ has a wide climate tolerance and can survive temperatures of up to -4 degrees Celsius. However, [...]

By |2015-07-20T18:40:59+02:00July 16th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Persea americana ‘Fuerte’ – Avocado tree

Murraya exotica – Orange jasmine

Originally from India, the evergreen, exotic Orange jasmine is a large shrub that can reach a height of 2.5 m. The dark, glossy leaves contrast sharply with the white, bell-shaped flowers – reminiscent of the jasmine plant. The fragrant blooms are borne in clusters, containing up to eight flowers, at the tips of branches. Flowers [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00July 9th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Ochna natalitia – Natal plane – Pronkrooihout

This showy, evergreen shrub or small tree provides year round colour in your garden. From September to December the scented, golden yellow flowers are borne in clusters, attracting bees and butterflies. The fruit is attractive with red or pink enlarged calyx with oblong, black drupelets that entices birds from spring to summer. New leaves are [...]

By |2015-07-02T12:38:37+02:00July 2nd, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments