Monthly Archives: May 2016

Adansonia digitata – Baobab tree – Kremetartboom

The majestic Baobab tree features in many images of South African naturescapes and is also known as the ‘upside-down’ tree.  With its thick, cylindrical trunk and heavy, tapering branches that resemble a root system, it is no accident that many traditional African tribes believe that the tree actually grows upside down. Baobabs normally reach a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00May 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Adansonia digitata – Baobab tree – Kremetartboom

Ochna serrulata – Carnival bush – Fynblaarrooihout

The ornamental Ochna serrulata, better known as the Carnival bush, is indigenous to South Africa.  Delightful all year round, this small tree attracts birds and insects while displaying pretty flowers, colourful foliage and interesting fruit. Growing to a height of 1 to 2 m, occasionally higher, Ochna serrulata is evergreen.  Young, spring foliage often has [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00May 18th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ochna serrulata – Carnival bush – Fynblaarrooihout

Nuxia floribunda – Forest elder – Bosvlier

The Forest elder is a decorative, evergreen specimen tree, indigenous to South Africa.  Sweetly scented, creamy-white flower clusters are borne from May to September, attracting a myriad of birds and insects.  Sprays of flowers are 25 – 30cm long and appear at the ends of branchlets forming a mass of attractive blooms from autumn to [...]

By |2016-05-12T11:14:18+02:00May 12th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia floribunda – Forest elder – Bosvlier

Vachellia tortilis – Umbrella thorn – Haal-en-steek

Previously known as the Acacia tortilis, the Umbrella thorn is an extremely drought resistant tree that occurs naturally throughout South Africa.  It has the classic, umbrella-shaped canopy associated with thorn trees and features in many images of the African landscape. Reaching a height of 3 – 5 m and even up to 20 m in [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00May 4th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia tortilis – Umbrella thorn – Haal-en-steek