Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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

Virgilia divaricata – Cape lilac/Blossom tree – Keurboom

The indigenous Virgilia divaricata, more commonly known as the Keurboom (“Chosen tree”), is a beautiful, fast growing, evergreen tree.  The Keurboom’s river is named after this tree as it occurs in abundance in the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay area. When young, the Keurboom can grow up to 1.3 m a year, reaching its full height [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00October 15th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Virgilia divaricata – Cape lilac/Blossom tree – Keurboom

Pyrus – Pear tree – Peerboom

The pear is any of several tree and shrub species of genus Pyrus, in the family Rosaceae.  It is also the name of the pomaceous fruit of these trees. Originating from the coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World (Western Europe, North Arica and across Asia), this tree can be traced back over [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:28+02:00October 8th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pyrus – Pear tree – Peerboom

Albizia adianthifolia – Flat crown albizia – Platkroon

The shape of the striking Albizia adianthifolia, indigenous to South Africa, typically calls to mind an African landscape.  With its straight trunk and branches that arch upwards and outwards, forming a large, flat crown, this tree provides welcome shade during the hot summer season. The Flat crown albizia is a semi-deciduous tree that grows fast [...]

By |2015-10-01T12:13:07+02:00October 1st, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Albizia adianthifolia – Flat crown albizia – Platkroon