Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom

Steganotaenia araliacea is a small, aromatic, deciduous tree that grows to a height of 2 – 7 m.  When the leaves are crushed, it produces a carrot-like aroma, hence the common name of Carrot tree. This is an ornamental tree with interesting bark and flowers that appear before the new leaves.  The main stem of [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:08:50+02:00February 24th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom

Cryptocarya woodii – Cape laurel, Cape quince – Rooikweper

The lesser known Cryptocarya woodii is a beautiful, evergreen tree that is useful in small or medium gardens as a shade tree. Growing to a height of 4 – 10m, occasionally higher, the tree is often multi-stemmed with smooth, grey to dark grey bark.  The leaves are hairless and have a shiny, bright green colour [...]

By |2016-02-19T11:08:53+02:00February 19th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cryptocarya woodii – Cape laurel, Cape quince – Rooikweper

Galpinea transvaalica – Wild Pride of India – Knoppieblaar

The Wild Pride of India is a fast growing, evergreen, decorative tree that can be successfully pruned or trained into a hedge form.  The crooked stem with low lying branches form a natural barrier and the glossy dark leaves are wavy and wax-like. Growing to a height of 6 m, the tree has a small [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:09:01+02:00February 12th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Galpinea transvaalica – Wild Pride of India – Knoppieblaar

Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik

An exotic tree that is well known for its ability to withstand drought is the Quercus suber. Hailing from the Mediterranean, the Cork oak is a unique and valuable tree species.  Evergreen, unlike most oaks, this is one of the few trees able to regenerate their bark.  The deeply fissured, corky bark can be up [...]

By |2016-02-05T12:25:01+02:00February 5th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik