Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Betula pendula – Silver birch – Silwerberk

As autumn slowly approaches, our neighbourhoods are filled with golden red colours where deciduous trees are starting to change hue in preparation for winter. A beautiful example is the Betula pendula.  The autumn colour of the leaves is golden-yellow, which is in striking contrast to the silvery-white bark of the tree.  This exotic generally grows [...]

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Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar

The pretty Noltea africana is becoming very popular as a landscaping tree, due to its versatility. Evergreen, the fast growing Soap dogwood can grow to a height of 2 to 6 m tall, depending on climatic conditions.  Indigenous to South Africa, the tree is best known for its glossy foliage.  The leaves have a finely [...]

By |2017-03-23T13:09:08+02:00March 23rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar

Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti, also known as the ‘Jumping bean tree’, averages 7 – 9m in height, making it a modest sized tree with a rounded crown.  The distinctive rough grey black bark is split into neat blocks and distinguishes the tree even when there are no leaves. Semi-deciduous, this indigenous tree has simple, alternate leaves with [...]

By |2017-03-16T10:55:24+02:00March 16th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

Croton gratissimus – Lavender Fever Berry – Bergboegoe

Indigenous to South Africa, Croton gratissimus is a tall shrub or small tree that flourishes in a smaller garden.  Growing to a height of 2 to 7 m in South Africa, this deciduous tree has the ability to grow much taller under optimal conditions.  A slender tree with fine, drooping foliage and branches, the Lavender [...]

By |2017-03-10T13:35:19+02:00March 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Croton gratissimus – Lavender Fever Berry – Bergboegoe

Tree Times March 2017

Trees in our LIVING environment  In this month’s newsletter we examine the impact of trees on the value of your home – aesthetically and economically.  Homes with trees are generally preferred above those without and statistics show a 10 to 15% increase in property values where mature trees are present.  Aside from the financial implications, [...]

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Laureate Tree School opening 1st of April 2017 at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

We are set to open our Laureate Tree School at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, from the Imbizo Training Centre on 1 April 2017. The initial courses will be of a training nature with a strong practical bias:- Care and maintenance of established trees in landscapes Collection and storage of tree seeds Formative pruning Identification [...]

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Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

History The centrepiece and backdrop to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Witpoortjie Falls, has been used for recreational purposes since the late 1800s.  The name of the falls seemingly originates from the Witpoortjie Station where travellers from Johannesburg used to disembark to walk down to the falls. Initially known as the Transvaal National Botanical [...]

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Therapeutic value of trees

Energizing power of trees Healing spiritually Trees are a source of energy on many levels.  From a physical aspect, trees provide oxygen and shade, as well as fruit and wood to help ensure our survival.  In addition, the energy of trees can also affect our mental, emotional and spiritual energy. Think of the peace and [...]

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Recycling, décor and farmer chic with trees

Inspiring tree thoughts Recycle potted trees into a garden Trees in containers are a wonderful way of bringing nature into your living space.  Whether planted in pots on the patio, or even a live ‘Christmas tree’ in your home, the time might come that a tree needs more space for growth.  Relocating the tree to [...]

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Tree Calendar March 2017

March brings to mind the changing of the seasons as summer slips away and autumn approaches at a rapid rate.  As the trees shed their leaves, it is a good time to start a compost heap, clear and trim hedges and of course the best time to plant a tree. Remember that the Autumn Equinox [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:43+02:00March 10th, 2017|Tree Times|Comments Off on Tree Calendar March 2017