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Dichrostachys cinerea – Sickle bush – Sekelbos

Native to South Africa, Dichrostachys cinerea, naturally occurs in the central and northern parts of our country.  Locally known as the ‘Kalahari Christmas tree’, this tree is easily identified by its unusual flowers and pods.  The name ‘Sickle bush’ is derived from the curved shape of the pods. The tree grows to a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00December 14th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dichrostachys cinerea – Sickle bush – Sekelbos

Searsia lancea – Karee

A versatile, low maintenance tree, the Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree in our harsh South African climate.  Growing to a height of between 7 and 8 m, with a similar spread, the tree is evergreen providing shade in the hot summers. This single stemmed, low branching [...]

By |2017-12-08T09:52:05+02:00December 8th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee

Diospyros whyteana – Bladder -nut – Swartbas

Diospyros whyteana is found through most of South Africa and is a multi-functional tree that can be planted in a smaller or large garden.  Growing to a height of approximately 5 m in an urban setting, the tree can reach up to 12 m in the wild. The attractive Bladder-nut is an evergreen shrub or [...]

By |2017-11-30T13:02:10+02:00November 30th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros whyteana – Bladder -nut – Swartbas

Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

One of our staple trees at Sun Trees, is the indigenous Vachellia xanthophloea.  The distinctive colouring of the Fever tree makes this tree an ornamental specimen that provides interest all year round. From the bright yellowish green trunk, to the sparse spreading crown and upstanding growth habit, the appearance of the Fever tree is exceptional.  [...]

By |2017-11-23T15:29:48+02:00November 23rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

Syzygium guineese – Water pear – Waterpeer

With summer upon us with its warm, sunny days we are all looking for welcome relief from the heat.  Syzygium guineese is an indigenous tree that will provide deep shade in your garden.  A medium to large tree, the Water pear can grow to a height of 15 to 20m and does not have an [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00November 16th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Syzygium guineese – Water pear – Waterpeer

Citrus sinensis – Orange tree – Lemoenboom

Originating from the Far East, the Orange tree is one of our favourite fruit trees in South Africa.  The trees were initially planted in the Cape and the first sweet oranges were harvested in 1661.  Over the years many different varieties of oranges have been introduced into South Africa. Best known for its sweet fruit [...]

By |2017-11-09T11:18:37+02:00November 9th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citrus sinensis – Orange tree – Lemoenboom

Combretum apiculatum – Red bush willow – Rooiboswilg

The attractive, deciduous Red Bush Willow is native to Africa and will grow in most gardens.   Known for its colourful autumn foliage, this is a lovely shade tree during summer. The Red Bush Willow is a single or multi-stemmed tree that can grow to a height of 3 – 10 m.  The bark is grey [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:16:42+02:00November 2nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum apiculatum – Red bush willow – Rooiboswilg

Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon

Schotia afra is a small, evergreen tree to plant in a small garden.  Growing to a height of between 3 and 5 m, this indigenous specimen has a non-invasive root system that will not interfere with walls and foundations.  In addition, it is not a messy tree, making it ideal for a townhouse garden or [...]

By |2017-10-19T13:12:52+02:00October 19th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon

Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree Wisteria – Vanwykshout

Jacarandas are in full bloom in Pretoria, heralding the beginning of summer, but did you know that this tree is considered to be an invasive species from Argentina in some parts of South Africa?  Our own, indigenous Tree wisteria is a lovely replacement for the Jacaranda and displays similar purple blossoms from August to January. [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00October 12th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree Wisteria – Vanwykshout

Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leaved quince – Breeblaarkweper

Indigenous to South Africa, the broad-leaved wild quince is a medium to large tree, growing up to 20 m tall, with a spreading crown.  Evergreen and known to be a fast grower, this is a specimen that will do well in parks or in large gardens. Cryptocarya latifolia originates from KwaZulu-Natal where it grows in [...]

By |2017-10-06T09:56:28+02:00October 6th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leaved quince – Breeblaarkweper