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Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boer-bean – Huilboerboon

The indigenous Schotia brachypetala is best known for its dense clusters of showy, red flowers that erupt in spring.  Naturally occurring in the sub-tropical areas of South African, from the Eastern Cape to the Northern Province, the Weeping boer-bean flourishes in warm, frost-free areas with plenty of rain during summer.  In these climates the tree [...]

By |2016-08-31T11:35:24+02:00August 31st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boer-bean – Huilboerboon

Ficus thonningii – Common wild fig – Gewone wurgvy

Indigenous to South Africa, Ficus thonningii is evergreen and can be found in the Eastern Cape spreading north to Botswana and Tanzania.  Fast growing, the tree reaches an average height of 10 to 15 m, but can attain heights of up to 21 m.  The crown is dense and rounded to spreading, making it important [...]

By |2016-08-25T10:47:39+02:00August 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus thonningii – Common wild fig – Gewone wurgvy

Maerua cafra and Maerua angolensis

In South Africa we annually celebrate Arbor week from the 1st to the 7th of September.  To help increase the awareness of just a few of our indigenous trees, two trees – one common and one rare species are highlighted each year. This year the more readily available Ficus thonningii (Common wild fig) and the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00August 19th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Maerua cafra and Maerua angolensis

Searsia pendulina – White karee – Witkaree

The evergreen, indigenous Searsia pendulina, better known as the White Karee, is a perfect tree for an urban garden.  The tree has a neat crown of gracefully, dropping branches with a willowy appearance.  Growing to a height of 4 – 9 m, this medium sized tree is easy to cultivate and can tolerate adverse growing [...]

By |2016-08-11T11:30:21+02:00August 11th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia pendulina – White karee – Witkaree

Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur

Indigenous to South Africa, with a widespread distribution on the Highveld and eastern parts of the country, the Cheesewood is a popular tree in the garden.  Growing to a height of between 4 – 15 m, the tree has a dense, straight to rounded crown and is evergreen with glossy, dark green leaves. Trusses of [...]

By |2016-08-04T11:39:05+02:00August 4th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur