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Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a week away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting of deciduous trees! Native to South Africa, Celtis africana is a fairly fast-growing shade tree attractive deciduous tree common in both high and low rainfall areas. It usually reaches a mature height of 12 m and a crown [...]

By |2020-05-28T13:14:56+02:00May 28th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Commonly known as Calamondin, X Citrofortunella microcarpa is a small bushy evergreen tree or shrub originating from China or the Philippines. It has a maximum height of around 7m when growing conditions are ideal. This tree is a cross between a mandarin and kumquat, hence the ‘X ‘ preceding the genus name. Leaves and the [...]

By |2020-03-09T16:22:57+02:00March 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Myrsine africana is a dense multi-stemmed small shrub commonly found growing among rocks or beneath other trees. This slow growing evergreen shrub has an upright growth habit, it can reach a mature height of about 2m when growing conditions are favourable. The distribution of Myrsine africana stretches from the Himalayas, China and the Azores to [...]

By |2020-02-27T14:19:54+02:00February 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Diospyros lycioides is a deciduous indigenous tree characterised with an open crown and drooping branches. This tree is normally found growing naturally on rocky habitats, its distribution stretches from Limpopo in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the south. Depending on the prevailing climatic conditions, the Bluebush can be slow or fast growing reaching a mature [...]

By |2020-02-14T12:51:54+02:00February 14th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Whether grown in containers or in the ground, Plumeria rubra is a fabulous addition to the garden. This tree is native to the Caribbean islands and the mainland of Central America but is now grown all over the world. It can reach a mature height and spread of 3m when growing conditions are conducive. Plumeria [...]

By |2020-02-06T12:37:49+02:00February 6th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Betula pendula is a medium sized deciduous tree well known for its slender branches and sparse crown that let sunshine through in winter and light shade in summer. This exotic tree generally reaches a mature height of 8 -12m when growing conditions are ideal. Silver birch is native to Europe where it is normally found [...]

By |2020-01-27T13:26:55+02:00January 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

The Apple-leaf is a semi-deciduous protected tree of South Africa characterised with an open rounded crown and a flaking bark. Its distribution in Africa stretches from Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania in the North to KwaZulu-Natal in the South. Although this tree occurs on all types of soils, it mainly favours sandy or alluvial [...]

By |2020-01-21T15:19:58+02:00January 21st, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

Vachellia xanthophloea is an indigenous tree of South Africa characterised with a stunning spreading crown. The Fever tree got its common name from pioneers who believed the tree caused fevers. The fever was actually malaria which they caught from mosquitoes that bred in the swampy fever tree habitat. It is a common tree on river [...]

By |2019-12-11T15:46:54+02:00December 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

The bottle brush aloe is a shrub or tree-like plant well known for its neat habit and low maintenance. It is moderately large and forms a solitary or sparsely branched stem that can reach a mature height of 2m. This plant is often found growing naturally on rocky areas, steep slopes and cliffs. In South [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:30:16+02:00December 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe