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Catha edulis – Bushman’s Tea – Boesmanstee – Khat

An interesting, slightly controversial tree, Catha endulis is a lovely small to medium specimen to have in the garden.  Indigenous to South Africa, it occurs from the Eastern Cape northwards to Mpumalanga and the Northern Province and further into Africa. Reminiscent of a eucalyptus from afar, the tree grows to a height of 2 to [...]

By |2017-02-23T12:27:17+02:00February 23rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Catha edulis – Bushman’s Tea – Boesmanstee – Khat

Buddleja saligna – False Olive – Witolien

Today we focus on Buddleja saligna, more commonly known as the False olive.  This versatile tree is very suited to smaller gardens and will provide beauty, protection and screening in your environment. Classified as a large shrub or small tree, the evergreen tree will reach a height of between 3 and 10 m, depending on [...]

By |2017-02-16T12:19:21+02:00February 16th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False Olive – Witolien

Washingtonia filifera – Petticoat palm – Desert fan palm

The beautiful Washingtonia filifera is native to the south-western deserts of the United States, but grows well in our South African climate. This hardy palm can reach a height of 15 m and the common name of ‘Petticoat palm’ is ascribed to the ‘petticoat’ of dead leaves that cover the trunk.  The old leaves usually [...]

By |2017-02-09T12:31:06+02:00February 9th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Washingtonia filifera – Petticoat palm – Desert fan palm

Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

The exotic Chinese poplar is a beautiful addition to almost any type of garden. Deciduous, the tree changes its appearance as each new season approaches, showcasing blazing colours throughout the year.  Growing to a height of between 8 to 15 m, this tall tree has a medium spread of 2 to 6 m.  It has [...]

By |2017-02-02T12:00:03+02:00February 2nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

Tree Insights Newsletter February 2017

Welcome to the first monthly edition of Tree Insights published by Sun Trees.  We are excited to bring you opinions and facts, news and interesting snippets centered on our tree experiences.  Focusing on different environments every month, we strive to deliver insights and fore-sights that will aid in broadening your tree knowledge. CELEBRATING TREES – [...]

By |2017-02-02T11:24:57+02:00February 2nd, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Tree Insights Newsletter February 2017

Breaking news on tree communication

The power of trees Can trees communicate with each other? Dr Peter Wohlleben, author of “The Secret Life of Trees: Thinking, caring and using the ‘wood-wide web’ to communicate” shares many discoveries in his new book. The following is an example of communication of trees taking place on the African savannahs. Umbrella thorn acacias defend [...]

By |2017-02-01T12:21:26+02:00February 1st, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Breaking news on tree communication

Blooming good ideas

Tree gifts for schools There are many ways to introduce trees as gifts to schools.  Whether it is a parting gift from a matric class, a commemorative tree to celebrate a teacher’s farewell or a donation to children to inspire stewardship of trees and an appreciation of Mother Nature – a tree is a legacy [...]

By |2017-02-01T12:18:01+02:00February 1st, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Blooming good ideas

Tree Calendar

Activities to ensure the health of your trees: Water all trees well once a month during dry weather and trim off branches broken by wind or hail Spray fruit trees against fruit fly where necessary Collection and use of tree sheddings for decoration in offices and class rooms Mulching and construction of water basins around [...]

By |2017-02-01T12:13:35+02:00February 1st, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Tree Calendar

Tree Science

Rooting habits of trees and the impact thereof on building structures. The stability of a tree and its capacity to extract moisture and nutrients from the soil necessitate the development of an effective and sturdy root system.  The conformation and spread of a root system is genetically defined, but is also adaptive to site conditions.  [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00February 1st, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Tree Science

Celebrating World Wetlands day

On Thursday, the 2nd of February, we celebrate World Wetlands day. In 2012, close to 4% of South Africa’s surface area (over four million ha) had been mapped and classified as wetlands in South Africa.  These Wetlands are extremely important as they purify and replenish water while acting as a sponge to counteract flooding and [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00February 1st, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Celebrating World Wetlands day