Monthly Archives: May 2019

Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

An evergreen or semi-deciduous tree native to Southern Africa with a distribution stretching from Senegal to South Eastern Africa. Ficus natalensis has a wide spreading crown and can reach a mature height of 30m when growing conditions are conducive. This tree can withstand very dry conditions and is able to tolerate temperatures as low as [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:14:04+02:00May 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

The false olive is a very hardy evergreen tree characterised with a much-branched crown and drooping branches. Its distribution stretches from the Western Cape in South Africa to Zimbabwe. Buddleja saligna is a common tree in dry, deciduous woodlands especially along drainage lines. It is classified as a small tree which can reach a mature [...]

By |2019-05-20T10:09:44+02:00May 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Fiddlewood is a pretty shrub or small tree native to the West Indies but is now grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. This tree is semi-deciduous and keeps some of its foliage all year and will drop some leaves as well. Although fiddlewood favours wet habitats, it has also been found in [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:32:37+02:00May 9th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout

A low growing evergreen tree rarely found with a straight trunk. Sideroxylon inerme is an indigenous tree of South Africa naturally found growing in coastal areas from Cape Peninsula to the northern Zululand. S. inerme got its common name (white milkwood) from the milky latex it produces which in turn discourage animals from browsing this [...]

By |2019-05-06T10:44:12+02:00May 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout