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Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Nuxia congesta, also known as the Brittlewood, is a small, evergreen tree or shrub with attractive, bright green leaves.  Native to South Africa, the tree is best known for its flowers that bloom during autumn and winter from March to July. Quick growing, the tree is multi-trunked with crooked stems and grows to a height [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:46+02:00September 25th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Crataegus crus-galli, Cockspur hawthorn

The Crataegus crus-galli is a member of the hawthorn family and the species name is derived from the Latin word for the spur on a cockerel’s foot which the thorns resemble.  The tree is native to eastern North America, but will grow happily in our South African climate. This small, deciduous tree grows to a [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:57+02:00September 17th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Crataegus crus-galli, Cockspur hawthorn

Vepris lanceolata – White Ironwood – Wit Ysterhout

The attractive, evergreen White ironwood is a delightful large shrub or small tree.  The tree reaches a height of 4 – 6 m, but can grow up to 20 m in deep forests.  It has a neat growth habit and a dense crown with shiny green foliage. The leaves are trifoliate and leathery, and the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00September 10th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vepris lanceolata – White Ironwood – Wit Ysterhout

Dombeya rotundifolia – Wild pear – Wildepeer

The onset of spring is heralded by the highly ornamental Dombeya rotundifolia with its masses of pinkish white, scented flowers which appear from July to September.  The blooms contrast sharply with the dark trunk and branches, creating a spectacular focal point in the garden.  The flowers remain on the tree and turn golden brown while [...]

By |2015-09-03T12:49:46+02:00September 3rd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dombeya rotundifolia – Wild pear – Wildepeer