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Nuxia floribunda – Forest elder – Bosvlier – umHlambandlazi

An evergreen tree named after an amateur French Botanist, Nuxia floribunda is an attractive moisture loving tree characterised with a dense rounded crown. This tree usually has a single trunk and branches from the lower part of the trunk. Distribution of the Forest elder stretches from Zambia and Malawi in the North to Western Cape [...]

By |2019-10-17T15:50:14+02:00October 17th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia floribunda – Forest elder – Bosvlier – umHlambandlazi

Trichilia drageana – Forest Natal mahogany – Rooiessenhout

The Forest Natal Mahogany is an evergreen tree with a dense, spreading crown consisting of very dark green leaves. This tree usually grows up to 30 metres tall, it is a common in high rainfall areas with a warm climate such as KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West Province. Trichilia drageana’s grey bark has a [...]

By |2019-10-11T11:35:04+02:00October 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trichilia drageana – Forest Natal mahogany – Rooiessenhout

Cassinopsis ilicifolia – Lemoentjiedoring – Lemon thorn

The lemon thorn tree is a decorative hardy evergreen small tree or shrub with a much-branched crown, this tree can reach a mature height of up to 5m. Its distribution stretches from Zimbabwe in the North to Western Cape in the South. This tree is found growing naturally on forest margins and along streams. This [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:37:17+02:00October 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia – Lemoentjiedoring – Lemon thorn

Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

The Blue guarri is an evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a dense irregular canopy of blue green foliage. This tree either grows as a single-stemmed small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub, it is common on exposed rocky areas and can reach a mature height of 5m in the Highveld. It is found growing naturally [...]

By |2019-09-27T08:56:12+02:00September 27th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Tabernaemontana elegans is a highly attractive small tree or shrub growing to a mature height of 1.5 to 15m depending on the growing conditions. This tree is popular for its warty fruits that resemble the toad’s skin. It is native to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although Tabernaemontana elegans is a common tree of [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:05:37+02:00September 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

An attractive small to medium sized tree that can grow as deciduous or evergreen depending on prevailing growing conditions. Although Heteropyxis natalensis now grows in many parts of South Africa, it originated from KwaZulu Natal. When crushed, leaves and twigs of this tree produce a strong lavender smell hence the common name ‘lavender tree.’ In [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:02:13+02:00September 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

Pterocarpus rotundifolius is a deciduous tree with an open crown and a mature height of about 10m. In South Africa, it occurs naturally from KwaZulu-Natal in the south, through Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpopo (Northern Province) to the northern parts of North-West Province. This tree is also indigenous to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The bark is velvety [...]

By |2019-09-02T11:45:59+02:00September 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

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