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Dombeya rotundifolia – wild pear – drolpeer

In its natural habitat, Dombeya rotundifolia is found growing either in clumps or a single tree. The wild pear is a beautiful specimen tree characterised by white pink scented flowers. This tree flowers together with the coral tree, signalling the beginning of Spring. It is deciduous and fast growing, with a growth rate of about 1 - [...]

By |2018-12-13T15:07:05+00:00December 13th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dombeya rotundifolia – wild pear – drolpeer

Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

An exotic species of the Celtis genus commonly cultivated in South Africa, the handsome Celtis sinensis originates from Eastern Asia and has become naturalised in urban open spaces. This species is found in a wide variety of habitats from riverine forests, to drier inland areas as well as open woodlands. Often confused with White stinkwood, [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:56:56+00:00December 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

One would think this shrub originates from the Cape due to its common name but in fact, Bauhinia galpinii got its common name from De Kaap valley in Nelspruit Mpumalanga where it is much more wide spread. This plant species can also be found growing naturally in the moist bushveld areas of the country. Bauhinia [...]

By |2018-11-30T11:46:49+00:00November 30th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

Juglans regia – Common walnut – English walnut

Native from Asia and South East of Europe, Juglans regia is a common variety of walnuts grown all over the world together with Juglans nigra (black walnut).  This deciduous tree can attain a mature height of 30m and is normally cultivated in temperate areas in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. It is well known for its high level of [...]

By |2018-11-23T09:58:35+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Juglans regia – Common walnut – English walnut

Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung

Named after a professor of Botany at Gottigen, Halleria lucida is an evergreen or semi-deciduous tree or shrub that is often multi-stemmed with a spreading crown and a shiny foliage on drooping branches. It is an indigenous tree of Southern Africa which can a mature height of 12m in wetter warmer areas. Tree fuschia is [...]

By |2018-11-16T15:15:56+00:00November 16th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung

Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom

Heteropyxis canescens is a  small tree that can either be semi-deciduous or evergreen tree depending on weather conditions in an area.  It can reach  a mature height of 3 to 8m. This tree is rare as it is only restricted to some parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa and also in Swaziland. This tree is [...]

By |2018-12-05T09:59:31+00:00November 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom

Pappea capensis – Doppruim – Jacket plum

Evergreen to semi-deciduous tree with a spreading rounded crown valued for its longevity. Pappea capensis is widespread in Southern Africa from the Northern Cape through the drier Karoo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng as well as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northwards into eastern and southern tropical Africa. This tree is found naturally growing in Savanna grasslands as [...]

By |2018-11-02T12:48:09+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pappea capensis – Doppruim – Jacket plum

Calodendrum capense – Kaapsekastaiing – Cape chestnut

Although originating from the Cape, Calodendrum capense is a semi-deciduous tree that can be found growing naturally in other parts of South africa such as Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape. Its name was derived from the Greek words Kalos which means beautiful and dendron which means tree. The species name capense is [...]

By |2018-10-25T12:39:35+00:00October 25th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Calodendrum capense – Kaapsekastaiing – Cape chestnut

Afzelia quanzensis – peulmahonie – pod mahogany

A protected tree indigenous to South Africa characterised by a spreading flat crown. Afzelia quanzensis occurs from Somalia in the north to Kwazulu Natal in the South. This tree is found growing naturally in low-lying woodlands, dry deciduous or sandveld forests, dense bushlands, around lake basins or at edges of dry evergreen forests. It is [...]

By |2018-10-19T12:28:06+00:00October 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Afzelia quanzensis – peulmahonie – pod mahogany

Deinbollia oblongifolia- Dune soapberry- Duineseepbessie

The dune soapberry is an evergreen, rounded canopy tree which can grow up to 9m tall. It is a dominant species of coastal areas, dune bush, woodlands and along streams in Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Leaves are alternate, compound and large, they are about 300-500 mm long. The leaves either have a few [...]

By |2018-10-11T14:43:46+00:00October 11th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Deinbollia oblongifolia- Dune soapberry- Duineseepbessie