Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Rothmannia globosa – September bells – Vals katjiepiering

Indigenous to South Africa, Rothmannia globosa is a small, evergreen tree that adds colour and fragrance to your garden. Growing to a height of +- 5m, it has a tidy, upright growth form and glossy, green foliage.  Aptly named, September bells bears masses of large, sweetly scented blooms during spring.  The flowers are bell-shaped, creamy-white [...]

By |2016-04-28T10:30:50+02:00April 28th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rothmannia globosa – September bells – Vals katjiepiering

Cydonia oblonga – Quince – Kweper

The Quince tree originates from Asia Minor, but has become naturalised to South Africa.  Although the fruit has fallen out of favour during recent years, many of us still carry the memory of quince jelly being served from farmhouse kitchens. A member of the Rosaceae family, this deciduous tree bears a pome fruit, similar in [...]

By |2016-04-20T11:27:29+02:00April 20th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cydonia oblonga – Quince – Kweper

Melianthus major – Giant Honey flower – Kruidjie-roer-my-nie

Melianthus major or ‘Kruidjie-roer-my-nie’ is a dramatic, tropical looking, accent shrub native to South Africa. Best known for its unusual blue-green foliage with distinctive ruffle edged leaves, the Melianthus major produces a distinctive smell when handled, leading to its Afrikaans name.  The shrub easily reaches a height of up to 2 m within growing season [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00April 13th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Melianthus major – Giant Honey flower – Kruidjie-roer-my-nie

Anisodontea scabrosa – Pink mallow – Sandroos

The evergreen Anisodontea scabrosa is a bright, cheery shrub that exhibits blooms in varying shades of pink. Native to South Africa, the Pink mallow has an upright growth form that can reach a height of up to 2 m and a spread of approximately 2 m.  The dense foliage lends itself to clipping and the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00April 6th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Anisodontea scabrosa – Pink mallow – Sandroos