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Searsia pyroides – Common wild currant – Gewone taaibos

The common wild currant is a small to medium sized deciduous tree regarded as one of the most widely distributed indigenous trees of South Africa. It grows well in both high altitude and low altitude areas. The mature height of this tree depends on the climate it is growing in. This low branching, multi-stemmed shrub [...]

By |2019-03-29T12:30:03+02:00March 29th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia pyroides – Common wild currant – Gewone taaibos

Erythrina caffra – Coast coral tree – Kuskoraalboom – Umsintsi

Well known for its warm red to scarlet-coloured flowers which appear from the cold winter months through to spring, the Coast coral tree is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree whose size depends largely on the prevailing climate and soil conditions. This species is long lived, it can reach ages of 150 years or more. [...]

By |2019-03-20T12:48:33+02:00March 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Erythrina caffra – Coast coral tree – Kuskoraalboom – Umsintsi

Terminalia sericea – Silver cluster-leaf – Vaalboom

Terminalia sericea is an umbrella shaped deciduous tree belonging to the Combretacea family. This tree occurs naturally in a wide range of landscapes which include open woodlands and is common in tropical and subtropical areas. The indigenous Terminalia sericea is small to medium sized and can reach a mature height of 9 to 23m. Foliage [...]

By |2019-03-14T14:50:44+02:00March 14th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Terminalia sericea – Silver cluster-leaf – Vaalboom

Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

An evergreen to semi-deciduous tree belonging to the Citrus family, Ptaeroxylon obliquum can reach a mature height of 35m under conducive growing conditions. Its distribution stretches from Tanzania in the North to Eastern Cape in South. Leaves of this tree are opposite, evenly compound with dark green asymmetric leaflets. In Autumn, Ptaeroxylon obliquum produces yellow [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:04:34+02:00March 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Scotia afra is a multi-branched evergreen tree or shrub that can grow to a mature height of 5m. It naturally occurs along the banks of dry streams and small rivers in the Little Karoo, the drier areas of Eastern Cape and the southern part of Western Cape. This small waterwise tree has glossy dark green [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:56:53+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Greyia radlkoferi – Transvaal bottlebrush – Inhlazane

Greyia radlkoferi is a deciduous tree growing up to 7m tall with an open canopy and gnarled stems and branches. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Limpopo Province in the North to KwaZulu Natal in the South. This tree is found growing naturally in deep channels along streambanks, bordering evergreen forests and among rocks. [...]

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