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Viburnum odoratissimum – Sweet viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum is a tall, fast growing shrub that originates from the Far East.  Evergreen with small white blooms, this plant is very popular for use as a screening or hedging specimen. Growing to a height of between 2 to 6 m with a spreading crown, the Sweet viburnum has ornamental qualities.  The leaves are [...]

By |2016-11-30T10:24:28+02:00November 30th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Viburnum odoratissimum – Sweet viburnum

Salix caprea – Pussy willow – Goat willow

The exotic Salix caprea, more commonly known as the ‘Pussy Willow’ tree originates from Europe and is a naturalised species in South Africa. Reaching a height of between 2 and 7 m, this fast grower is deciduous and has a pretty, oval shape.  The tree is known for its spreading, upright stems, colourful autumn leaves [...]

By |2016-11-22T12:51:22+02:00November 22nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Salix caprea – Pussy willow – Goat willow

Ficus carica ‘Southern Black’

As an ancient food source and one of the first fruit trees cultivated, Ficus carica is thought to have originated from the Mediterranean basin and Western Asia.  The deciduous fig tree is known for its delicious fruit and many cultivars can be found around the world. The ‘Southern Black’ is a variety that grows well [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:45+02:00November 16th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus carica ‘Southern Black’

Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

The beautiful Leopard tree originates from Brazil although despite its deceptively ‘African’ name!  The smooth bark of this tree leads to the common name as it exfoliates easily, but incompletely.  Dark patches are often seen against the light background bringing to mind the spots of the African Leopard. The slender, deciduous Caesalpinia ferrea prefers a [...]

By |2016-11-01T11:25:51+02:00November 1st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom