Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn – Blinkblaar wag-‘n-bietjie

The Ziziphus mucronata is an iconic tree in Africa and is revered by many African peoples.  Historically a Buffalo thorn tree was planted on the grave of a deceased chief to mark the burial place.  In addition, the thorns of this tree are paired along the stems, one facing forward and the other facing backward, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00January 29th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn – Blinkblaar wag-‘n-bietjie

Atalaya alata – Lebombo Krantz-ash – Lebombo kransesseboom

There are three Atalaya species in South Africa, namely A. alata, A. capensis and A. natalensis. This semi-deciduous, small to medium tree generally grows to a height of 4 to 7 m.  Originally found on the rocky slopes of the Lebombo mountains, Atalaya alata grows well in hot, dry areas.  It has a slender shape [...]

By |2018-11-12T10:32:20+02:00January 21st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Atalaya alata – Lebombo Krantz-ash – Lebombo kransesseboom

Olea europaea ‘Kalamata’ – Kalamata olive tree

In keeping with the concept of looking at trees that are drought resistant, today we are focussing on the Olive tree, in particular the Kalamata variety. The fruit of South Africa’s native olive cultivar, Olea africana (Wild olive), is inedible, but at least 20 different imported olive cultivars are grown locally.  These range from oil-producing [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00January 14th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea ‘Kalamata’ – Kalamata olive tree

Acacia erioloba – Camel thorn – Kameeldoring

Currently, South Africa is suffering from severe drought conditions and measures have been put in place all over the country to save water.  In this light we are focusing our attention on drought resistant trees. Trees that can tolerate dry conditions generally have certain characteristics that help them to survive long waterless periods.  Species with [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00January 7th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Acacia erioloba – Camel thorn – Kameeldoring