Monthly Archives: August 2017

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Euclea pseudebenus – Cape ebony and Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn

National Arbor Week takes place during the first week of September and as such we are looking at Ziziphus mucronata (Buffalo thorn) and Euclea pseudebenus (Ebony guarrie) that has been designated as our trees of the year for 2017.  One common and one rare species are selected to be celebrated for their beauty and importance [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00August 31st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea pseudebenus – Cape ebony and Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn

Salix mucronata – Cape Willow – Kaapse Wilger

Summer is on its way and a popular image depicting our summer is that of a willow tree dipping its graceful branches into a bubbling stream.  Indigenous to South Africa, Salix mucronata is a tall, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that has an open crown and slightly drooping branches.  It can grow to a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 24th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Salix mucronata – Cape Willow – Kaapse Wilger

Freylinia tropica – Honeybell bush – Heuningklokkiesbos

Indigenous to South Africa, Freylinia tropica has the delightful common name of Honeybell bush, describing the scented flowers exactly. Evergreen, this large shrub or small tree can grow to a height of up to 2.5 m and is often shaped into a hedge or used as a container plant.  Freylinia has a slender, spreading habit [...]

By |2017-08-17T11:39:47+02:00August 17th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Freylinia tropica – Honeybell bush – Heuningklokkiesbos

Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus avium is an exotic fruit tree that originally hails from South Eastern Europe and Asia.  Known for its delicious fruit and pretty spring blossoms, this tree has a long standing history in South Africa. The first cherry orchard was planted in 1860 near Cape Town, but the main cherry production area today is situated [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Erythrina lysistemon – Common Coral tree – Koraalboom

Widely grown and best known for its pretty blooms in winter and early spring, Erythrina lysistemon is an indigenous tree that provides year round interest in our gardens and on sidewalks. One of the showiest trees in the world, the common coral tree is deciduous and grows from 6 – 8m + in height.  The [...]

By |2017-08-03T11:57:22+02:00August 3rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Erythrina lysistemon – Common Coral tree – Koraalboom