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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

Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Lavender feverberry is a small tree which either grows as deciduous or semi-deciduous depending on climatic and soil conditions of the area it is growing in. Croton gratissimus is widely distributed in most African countries which include Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, it is a common tree in Maputaland and has a [...]

By |2019-11-22T16:23:41+02:00November 22nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

A hardy evergreen tree with a variable height depending on the area it is growing, Maytenus undata usually exists as a multi-stemmed shrub [2-3m tall] or a single trunked tree that can grow up to 10m. It is a common tree along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often among boulders [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:43:32+02:00November 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate. Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m. In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves in colder locations. [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:50:44+02:00November 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Although it resembles the buffalo thorn, Ziziphus rivularis is a thornless upright tree with dark green leaves. This tree is evergreen to semi-deciduous depending on the prevailing growing conditions. It is fast growing reaching a mature height of 7m. This tree is not endemic to any particular area in South Africa, it occurs in bushveld, [...]

By |2019-11-04T09:35:17+02:00November 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

Mundulea sericea is an attractive small tree or shrub well known for its for its interesting corky bark. This tree normally reaches a mature height of 7.5-12m high and is usually single-stemmed with a bushy branched crown. This tree is common in Southern African countries which include Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. In South Africa, it [...]

By |2019-10-28T12:07:18+02:00October 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

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