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Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti tree is a medium sized semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa naturally occurring in low altitude areas. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘speiros’ which means spike as the flowers are in a tight spiral on the spike. This tree can reach a mature height of 7-9m. Leaves are alternate, simple [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:01:50+02:00April 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Ficus abutilifolia is a deciduous tree of South Africa with a spreading round crown and roots which often grow over rocks. The distribution of this tree stretches from Tanzania in the North to Kwa-Zulu Natal in the South. It has a moderate growth rate and can reach a mature height of 10m. F. abutilifolia can [...]

By |2019-04-23T09:08:17+02:00April 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Spathodea campanulata is a semi-evergreen tree originating from West Africa. This tree has spectacular trumpet flowers and is everblooming. It is normally found growing naturally around gullies and along footpaths. African tulip tree has an oval crown; its mature height ranges from 10 - 35 metres. The leaves of this fast-growing tree are about 20cm [...]

By |2019-04-12T11:11:24+02:00April 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Gardenia thunbergia – Wild gardenia – kannetjieboom

Gardenia thunbergia is a hardy evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a shiny leaf and reaching a mature height of 2 to 5m. It is a slow growing tree common in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. This tree is usually found growing naturally in evergreen forests, forest margins, woodlands and bushvelds. Wild gardenia’s glossy [...]

By |2019-04-05T14:05:21+02:00April 5th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Gardenia thunbergia – Wild gardenia – kannetjieboom