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Syzygium cordatum – Water Berry – Waterbessie

The Water Berry is indigenous to South Africa and occurs naturally along streambanks and forest margins from the Eastern Cape to Kwazulu Natal and further north to Mozambique. A fairly fast grower, this evergreen tree can grow to a height of 8 to 15 m with a spread of up to 6 m. Featured as [...]

By |2017-06-29T15:50:14+02:00June 29th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Syzygium cordatum – Water Berry – Waterbessie

Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom

A fairly rare deciduous tree, Steganotaenia araliacea is indigenous and found in the Southern regions of Africa. It is a small savannah tree, growing to a height of between 2 and 7 m.  Sparsely branched, the tree has a pale grey-green trunk which is very noticeable during the winter months.  The bark is yellow-green to [...]

By |2017-06-22T14:45:11+02:00June 22nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom

Senegalia nigrescens – Knob thorn – Knoppiesdoring

Previously known as Acacia nigrescens, the Knob thorn is an indigenous tree that grows to a height of between 5 and 18 m.  The species has a wide distribution, occurring in the drier parts of South Africa as far north as Tanzania and is a familiar sight in the Kruger National Park. The common names [...]

By |2017-06-15T15:27:29+02:00June 15th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Senegalia nigrescens – Knob thorn – Knoppiesdoring

Litchi chinensis – Lychee tree – Lietsjieboom

Native to south-eastern china, the Lychee tree is an evergreen specimen that can grow to a height of 20 m.  Best known for its fleshy fruits that ripen in summer, Lychee trees were imported to South Africa from Mauritius in the early 1870’s. Litchis grow best in subtropical climates with high summer temperatures and low, [...]

By |2017-06-08T13:20:24+02:00June 8th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Litchi chinensis – Lychee tree – Lietsjieboom

Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus – Candlewood – Kershout

Indigenous to South Africa, Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus naturally occurs in a wide variety of habitats across the country.  This is a variable tree that range in size and shape, depending on where it is grown.  In forests it may reach up to 20 m in height with a straight trunk, but more commonly, it is a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00June 1st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus – Candlewood – Kershout