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Widdringtonia nodiflora – Mountain cedar – Bergsipres

The indigenous Widdringtonia nodiflora is locally found from the south-western Cape to Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of Zimbabwe.  Growing to a height of 5 to 7 m, this evergreen tree is a very popular conifer for use in a formal garden when young.  As the tree matures, lower branches can be trimmed and used indoor [...]

By |2016-12-22T12:36:37+02:00December 22nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Widdringtonia nodiflora – Mountain cedar – Bergsipres

Clausena anisata – Horsewood

An ideal specimen tree for your indigenous, small garden, The Horsewood is often shunned as the crushed leaves have a strong, aniseed-like scent which could be considered by some as unpleasant.  However, the leaves can be used as a substitute for curry leaves in your dishes! The small, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree grows to a [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:50:09+02:00December 14th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Clausena anisata – Horsewood

Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel se geelhout

If you are looking for an indigenous Christmas tree, Podocarpus henkelii is an excellent choice.  The tree has a typical pyramid shape and the branches are strong enough to hold decorations. Evergreen, Henkel’s yellowwood has bright green to bluish green leaves that are spirally arranged, at the end of branchlets.  The tree has a drooping [...]

By |2016-12-07T14:19:31+02:00December 7th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel se geelhout

Viburnum odoratissimum – Sweet viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum is a tall, fast growing shrub that originates from the Far East.  Evergreen with small white blooms, this plant is very popular for use as a screening or hedging specimen. Growing to a height of between 2 to 6 m with a spreading crown, the Sweet viburnum has ornamental qualities.  The leaves are [...]

By |2016-11-30T10:24:28+02:00November 30th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Viburnum odoratissimum – Sweet viburnum

Salix caprea – Pussy willow – Goat willow

The exotic Salix caprea, more commonly known as the ‘Pussy Willow’ tree originates from Europe and is a naturalised species in South Africa. Reaching a height of between 2 and 7 m, this fast grower is deciduous and has a pretty, oval shape.  The tree is known for its spreading, upright stems, colourful autumn leaves [...]

By |2016-11-22T12:51:22+02:00November 22nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Salix caprea – Pussy willow – Goat willow

Ficus carica ‘Southern Black’

As an ancient food source and one of the first fruit trees cultivated, Ficus carica is thought to have originated from the Mediterranean basin and Western Asia.  The deciduous fig tree is known for its delicious fruit and many cultivars can be found around the world. The ‘Southern Black’ is a variety that grows well [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:45+02:00November 16th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus carica ‘Southern Black’

Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

The beautiful Leopard tree originates from Brazil although despite its deceptively ‘African’ name!  The smooth bark of this tree leads to the common name as it exfoliates easily, but incompletely.  Dark patches are often seen against the light background bringing to mind the spots of the African Leopard. The slender, deciduous Caesalpinia ferrea prefers a [...]

By |2016-11-01T11:25:51+02:00November 1st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

The Wild olive is regarded as a small fruited subspecies of the commercial olive.  Wind-, drought- and frost–resistant, this evergreen tree can be found in almost every region of South Africa. Although a slow grower, the Wild olive can reach a height of 8 to 9 m.  The tree has a dense, spreading crown of [...]

By |2016-10-25T12:38:54+02:00October 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

Berchemia zeyheri – Red Ivory – Rooi-ivoor

The evergreen to semi-deciduous Berchemia zeyheri is indigenous to South Africa and occurs naturally in the north-eastern provinces of South Africa. A neatly shaped tree, the Red Ivory can grow to a height of 6 to 15 m.  The foliage is an attractive grey-green colour and the leaves have distinct herringbone veining.  The bark of [...]

By |2016-10-18T13:46:15+02:00October 18th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Berchemia zeyheri – Red Ivory – Rooi-ivoor

Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom

Faidherbia albida is a truly multi-purpose tree in the African landscape.  Native to the southern and eastern parts of Africa, the Ana tree is used ornamentally, for shade or shelter, fodder for animals or to improve soil quality in a wide range of habitats. The fast growing tree is deciduous and can reach a height [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00October 11th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom