Monthly Archives: May 2018

Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

Indigenous to South Africa, the hardy Ehretia rigida is a familiar sight on the N1 north towards Bela Bela where it acts as a security and screening barrier between the lanes. This haphazard looking, deciduous small tree or shrub has tangled droopy branches and an untidy rounded crown which gives it the name of ‘Deurmekaarbos’ [...]

By |2018-05-31T16:05:21+02:00May 31st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

Myrsine africana – Cape Myrtle – Vlieebos

Indigenous to South Africa, Myrsine africana is a small tree or medium sized shrub that is found throughout the country.  Also known as the African Boxwood, the tree can grow to a height of between 1.5 to 2 m with a spread of approximately 1 m and has a compact growth form. The Cape Myrtle [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 24th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Myrsine africana – Cape Myrtle – Vlieebos

Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Native to eastern and central America, the exotic Pin Oak is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions.  It can be found along many roadsides and is also prominent features in many of our parks and large gardens. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 17th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Heteromorpha arborescens – Parsley tree – Wildepietersielie

Indigenous to South Africa, Heteromorpha arborescens is widely distributed throughout the country and is a delightful tree to have in the garden. This striking, deciduous tree provides ample shade in a smaller or townhouse garden, during summer.    The most distinctive feature of the Parsley tree is its bronze, papery smooth bark that curls on itself, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 10th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteromorpha arborescens – Parsley tree – Wildepietersielie

Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees used to be quite common in older gardens, but fell out of favour through time.  With the advent of sustainable and productive gardening, pomegranates have become popular again and many varieties are currently available to add to [...]

By |2018-05-03T14:16:54+02:00May 3rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom