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Dodonaea viscosa var. angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien

Water wise and evergreen, the indigenous Sand olive is an all-rounder that will brighten your garden. Growing to a height of between 3 and 7 m with a spread of 3 to 5 m, Dodonaea angustifolia is known for its bright green foliage throughout most of the year.  The leaves are simple lanceolate with pointed [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 26th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var. angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien

Carica papaya – Papaya tree

The papayas are ripe and we often associate the fruit with hot summer months when cooling fruit salad is often on the menu. Thought to have originated from the Central Americas, Carica papaya is grown extensively in the tropical regions of the world for its nutritional, digestive and medicinal properties.  Growing to a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 19th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carica papaya – Papaya tree

Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim

One of the largest tree species indigenous to South Africa, the Wild plum is known as a forest giant in the forests of KZN and the Eastern Cape.  The tree is often used in city parks and as a street tree in our coastal cities as it is evergreen and provides adequate shade. Growing to [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 13th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim

Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort – Blousyselbos

We welcome the New Year with something a little different, but it can be found over much of South Africa.  The Plumbago auriculata is classified as a scrambling shrub that grows to a height of 3 m with a spread of 3 m.  Although it is not a tree, this pretty shrub is utilised in [...]

By |2017-01-05T13:43:53+02:00January 5th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort – Blousyselbos