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Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Trachycarpus fortunei is a very hardy slow growing palm tree reaching a mature height of 12 to 20m. Despite of the fact that this palm is exotic and native to China, it easily adapts to a multitude of climates from very cold to tropical environments. The spiralling out of leaves in all directions from the [...]

By |2019-02-15T15:05:58+00:00February 15th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo

Dovyalis caffra is a thorny evergreen tree or shrub with a moderate growth rate and usually reaching a mature height of 3 to 5m. This tree is found growing naturally in open bushes, wooded grasslands and Acacia woodlands. It is widely distributed all over Southern Africa. The leaves of Kei apple are glossy and oval [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:58:42+00:00February 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo

Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Khaya anthotheca is a large evergreen tree cultivated most successfully throughout the country. It can grow up to 60m tall under forest conditions and up to 30m under garden conditions. This tree is found growing naturally in evergreen and riverine forests, nearly always near water. It is native to tropical and Southern Africa and is [...]

By |2019-02-04T13:25:34+00:00February 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut

Although mainly cultivated on a commercial scale in South Africa (Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal), Macadamia nut is an exotic tree originating from North Eastern new South Wales and central and South Eastern Queensland. Varieties of Macadamia nut commonly grown in South Africa include Beaumont, Kau, Mauka, Pahala, Makai and Nelmak 2. When growing conditions are [...]

By |2019-01-25T15:40:10+00:00January 25th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut

Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

Indigenous to South Africa and other countries like Arabia, Madagascar and India, Pittosporum vidiflorum is an evergreen tree characterised with a dense roundish upright crown. In South Africa, this tree has a widespread distribution on the Highveld and Eastern parts of the country. This tree has the potential of reaching 30m when growing in a [...]

By |2019-01-18T14:57:31+00:00January 18th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Cassinopsis Ilicifolia is an indigenous Southern African shrub widely distributed from Zimbabwe to the Western Cape. This tree is found growing naturally in montane forests, forest margins, densely wooded cliffs and along streams. This thorny shrub is fast growing (up to 800mm per year) and can reach a mature height of 5m. The glossy leaves [...]

By |2019-01-11T11:57:03+00:00January 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

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