Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Strelitzia nicolai – Natal Wild banana – Natal Wildepiesang

Strelitzias are commonly known as the ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant and are distinguished by their showy flowers.  The tree-like Strelitzia nicolai, or ‘Giant White Bird of Paradise’, differs from other Strelitzias in that it has a compound flower-head that usually has blue petals with white sepals and a dark blue purple sheath.  This tree flowers [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00August 26th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Strelitzia nicolai – Natal Wild banana – Natal Wildepiesang

Acer palmatum – Japanese maple – Japanese esdoring

The charming Acer palmatum is ideal for use in a small, inland garden.  Growing to a height of +- 5 m with a spread of +- 3m, the tree has a non-invasive root system and is known for its ornamental value. Native to the East (Korea, Japan and China), the deciduous Japanese maple can withstand [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00August 20th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Acer palmatum – Japanese maple – Japanese esdoring

Protorhus longifolia – Red beech – Rooiboekenhout

Protorhus longifolia is a handsome, medium to large tree that happened to be the rare tree of the year in South Africa in 2012. This evergreen tree is often found in forest margins, open woodlands and on river banks and is indigenous to South Africa.  Fast growing, the red beech normally reaches a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00August 13th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Protorhus longifolia – Red beech – Rooiboekenhout

Loxostylis alata – Tarwood – Teerhout

Evergreen, with a tidy growth habit, the Tarwood can grow to a height of 6 – 8 m with a spread of 3 – 4 m.  It is a moderate to fast growing tree, indigenous to South Africa.  Best known for its beautiful sprays of white flowers that appear from November to February, the tree [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00August 6th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Loxostylis alata – Tarwood – Teerhout