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Eriobotrya japonica – Loquat tree

Many of us will remember eating Loquats from a tree in the garden as children.  What we may not know is that the Eriobotrya japonica has been declared a Category 3 NEMBA invasive species and as such may not be propagated, planted or sold since 2001. Native to South eastern China, the Loquat was introduced [...]

By |2016-04-13T12:48:45+02:00March 30th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Eriobotrya japonica – Loquat tree

Celtis australis – Nettle tree – Netelboom

As autumn approaches, our attention is drawn to deciduous trees where the foliage is starting to colour before dropping to the earth.  Celtis australis is a good example as its leaves fade to a pale yellow before falling. An exotic species, Celtis australis is often confused with our indigenous Celtis africana.  Both trees are large [...]

By |2016-04-13T12:49:04+02:00March 23rd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis australis – Nettle tree – Netelboom

Teclea gerrardii – Flaky Cherry-orange – Skilfer Kersie-lemoen

The uncommon Teclea gerrardii is predominantly found in Kwa-Zulu Natal, but can be spotted from the Eastern Cape to the southern Mozambique.  Also known as the Zulu cherry-orange, the tree is evergreen and the fruit very attractive to birds and other wildlife. A small to medium sized tree, the Teclea gerrardii grows to a height [...]

By |2016-04-13T12:49:33+02:00March 16th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Teclea gerrardii – Flaky Cherry-orange – Skilfer Kersie-lemoen

Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom

One of our best indigenous ‘wildlife’ trees for gardens is the Kiggelaria africana.  Attracting butterflies, insects and birds, this evergreen to semi-deciduous tree makes a great shade tree that will also offer protection from the wind. Growing to a height of 4 to 10 m, the Wild peach is single stemmed and has a rounded, [...]

By |2016-03-10T11:20:40+02:00March 10th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom

Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom

The Sausage tree is a medium to large, semi-deciduous to deciduous tree that is beautiful when in flower. This African tree is easily recognised due to the large, sausage shaped fruits hanging from its branches.  It is a sacred tree for many communities and is usually protected on farm lands where other trees are cut [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00March 2nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom