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Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair tree – Vrouehaarboom

Hailing from China, Ginkgo biloba (also known as the Maidenhair tree because the foliage resembles some of the Maidenhair ferns) is best known for its medicinal qualities.  In addition the tree features a spreading canopy that provides shade and the foliage is highly ornamental. The tree grows fairly slow and can attain a height or [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00June 30th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair tree – Vrouehaarboom

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Versatile and hardy, Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate.  Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m.  In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves [...]

By |2016-06-22T10:37:35+02:00June 22nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Trichilia emetica – Natal Mahogany – Rooiessenhout

The magnificent, evergreen Trichilia emetica is best known for its glossy foliage and rounded crown, providing dense, dark shade in gardens and on sidewalks. The single trunk branches low and the tree can grow to a height of 12 m or more with a spread of approximately 10 m.  The leaflets are shiny and dark-green [...]

By |2016-06-15T11:09:31+02:00June 15th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trichilia emetica – Natal Mahogany – Rooiessenhout

Acer buergerianum – Chinese Maple – Chinese Esdoring

Originating from Eastern China, the Acer buergerianum is an exotic tree that provides beautiful autumn colours. The small, sturdy Chinese maple has an oval to rounded, slightly spreading formation.  This deciduous tree normally grows to a height of +- 7m with a spread of approximately 3m in South Africa.  The bark is pale brown and [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00June 8th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Acer buergerianum – Chinese Maple – Chinese Esdoring

Prunus dulcis – Almond tree – Amandelboom

The almond tree’s origins can be traced back to the Mediterranean and as such it is no wonder that the tree thrives in warm, sunny weather.  The upright, deciduous tree can be sensitive to wet and frosty conditions, but does well in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Growing to a height of 4 [...]

By |2016-06-01T12:00:21+02:00June 1st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus dulcis – Almond tree – Amandelboom