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Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Tabernaemontana elegans is a highly attractive small tree or shrub growing to a mature height of 1.5 to 15m depending on the growing conditions. This tree is popular for its warty fruits that resemble the toad’s skin. It is native to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although Tabernaemontana elegans is a common tree of [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:05:37+02:00September 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

An attractive small to medium sized tree that can grow as deciduous or evergreen depending on prevailing growing conditions. Although Heteropyxis natalensis now grows in many parts of South Africa, it originated from KwaZulu Natal. When crushed, leaves and twigs of this tree produce a strong lavender smell hence the common name ‘lavender tree.’ In [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:02:13+02:00September 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

Pterocarpus rotundifolius is a deciduous tree with an open crown and a mature height of about 10m. In South Africa, it occurs naturally from KwaZulu-Natal in the south, through Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpopo (Northern Province) to the northern parts of North-West Province. This tree is also indigenous to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The bark is velvety [...]

By |2019-09-02T11:45:59+02:00September 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Bauhinia tomentosa is a multi-stemmed small tree/shrub characterised with lobed leaves resembling butterfly wings. This tree grows well both under full sun and shade conditions. It is a fast grower, with a growth rate of about 900mm per year. This species of Bauhinia grows from the coastal Eastern Cape and southern Natal to Limpopo and [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:28:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Syzygium paniculatum – Brush cherry – Magenta lilly pilly

The brush cherry is a beautiful fast-growing tree or shrub originating from Australia. It belongs to the myrtle family and is related to the gums or eucalypts. This tree has a long-life cycle of 40 to 150 years and when established, it can endure relatively long periods of drought. This tree has a natural rounded [...]

By |2019-08-08T14:29:23+02:00August 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Syzygium paniculatum – Brush cherry – Magenta lilly pilly

Podocarpus latifolius – Real yellowwood – Opregte geelhout

Afrocarpus latifolius is a slow growing indigenous tree of South Africa most valued for its timber. It is normally found growing naturally in mountainous areas and forests in the Southern, Eastern and Northern parts of the country. This tree can reach a mature height of 20-30 metres. The dark green lance shaped leaves of this [...]

By |2019-08-02T15:59:54+02:00August 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Podocarpus latifolius – Real yellowwood – Opregte geelhout

Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Vachellia robusta is a single trunked high branching deciduous tree common in the warm dry savannas. It is found growing naturally in a variety of habitats among other different plant communities. This tree reaches a mature height of about 10m. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from KwaZulu-Natal to the North West Provinces. The main [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:52:49+02:00July 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Muputepute

Dodonaea viscosa is a multi-stemmed shrub/small tree named after a Flemish botanist Rembert Dodoens. It is evergreen with a maximum height of 7m. The distribution of the Sand olive stretches from Tropical Africa in the North to the Southern Cape in the South, also throughout the subtropics and tropics of other parts of the world. [...]

By |2019-07-18T12:01:23+02:00July 18th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Muputepute

Curtisia dentata – Assegaaihout – Dogwood – Assegai

A medium to large tree evergreen tree with striking foliage that looks lovely throughout the year, Curtisia dentata is the only tree native to Southern Africa in the Cornaceae family. It is found growing naturally on rocky outcrops. This tree is familiar for its decorative white fruit that hangs like small bells during winter. It [...]

By |2019-07-12T16:23:11+02:00July 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Curtisia dentata – Assegaaihout – Dogwood – Assegai

Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo

The nana berry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub indigenous to South Africa, it is a common across Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. This attractive shrub can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are ideal. Searsia dentata is low branching with a dense rounded canopy. It brings bright autumn colours to [...]

By |2019-07-05T09:51:57+02:00July 5th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo