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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

Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Formerly Caesalpinea ferrea, Libidibia ferrea got its common name ‘Leopard tree’ from its beautifully marked bark which looks like leopard print. Although it may seem to be an African tree, it is native to Brazil. This tree prefers fertile, well-drained soils and full sun. It is also very hardy and will survive drought conditions and [...]

By |2019-06-28T11:49:38+02:00June 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

The September bush is an evergreen glossy leafed shrub which bears large quantities of pink pear-shaped flowers throughout the year. It is a low maintenance waterwise plant that can grow both in full sun and under semi-shade conditions. It is indigenous to South Africa and its distribution stretches from Zululand in the north to Western [...]

By |2019-06-20T13:08:15+02:00June 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

Combretum molle – Velvet bushwillow – Fluweelboswilg – umBondwe-omhlope

Native to areas which receive summer rainfall, the velvet bushwillow is a single trunked tree characterised with spreading branches that form a moderately dense, rounded to irregular canopy. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Free State to the North-west province, this tree is often found growing naturally on open woodlands and in bushvelds. This [...]

By |2019-06-14T12:08:52+02:00June 14th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum molle – Velvet bushwillow – Fluweelboswilg – umBondwe-omhlope