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Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos

Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos Although the Coast silver oak bears no relationship to the oak, the foliage of the Brachylaena discolor probably reminded the early settlers of oaks when they arrived on South African shores. The foliage is distinctive as it is green on top with a silvery green underside that [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+00:00July 30th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Brachylaena discolor – Coast silver oak – Kusvaalbos

Dovyalis zeyheri – Wild apricot – Wilde-appelkoos

The Wild apricot has an unusual claim to fame. At certain times of the year, the leaves inexplicably emit a strong smell of carrion, which is surprising coming from a tree. The small to medium sized, evergreen tree is related to the better-known Kei-apple. These two plants are fairly similar in that both trees feature [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+00:00July 23rd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis zeyheri – Wild apricot – Wilde-appelkoos

Aloe marlothii – Mountain aloe – Bergaalwyn

Good day,  one of the most iconic South African aloes, the Aloe marlothii, is poised to start blooming any day now. The Mountain Aloe is a single-stemmed, upright aloe with a height of 2 – 3m and a single wide and imposing rosette.  The leaves are grey green in colour with reddish brown spines along the [...]

By |2014-06-02T16:14:53+00:00May 28th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Canthium inerme – Turkey-berry– Gewone bokdrol

The evergreen Turkey berry exhibits much variability in terms of growth form and size.  It adapts to the environment and can grow up to 14m in height in a forest setting.  In a more exposed scenario, the tree will generally grow to a height of 3 – 7m with a more spreading habit and rounded [...]

By |2014-05-31T09:32:22+00:00May 21st, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Rhus tomentosa

Today we are looking at the Rhus tomentosa. The Wild Currant is a small shade tree that is ideal for use in small gardens. This deciduous tree attains a height of 3 – 4m and has a non invasive rooting habit. The fresh green foliage has a pleasing leaf arrangement and there is a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:51+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments