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Apodytes dimidiata – white pear–Witpeer

The white pear is an evergreen tree up to 25m tall with an open spreading crown. Its distribution stretches from Ethiopia in the North to Western Cape in the South. It is a protected tree of South Africa and is found on a variety of habitats ranging from montane forests to wooded grasslands. The glossy [...]

By |2019-06-07T11:45:42+02:00June 7th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Apodytes dimidiata – white pear–Witpeer

Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Indigofera frutescens is an evergreen shrub originating from the Western Cape. It can grow both in full sun and partial shade conditions. When growing conditions are conducive, the Rive indigo can reach a mature height of 4m and crown spread of 3m. This shrub is often found growing naturally on mountain sides. It is frost [...]

By |2019-06-03T11:55:45+02:00June 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

An evergreen or semi-deciduous tree native to Southern Africa with a distribution stretching from Senegal to South Eastern Africa. Ficus natalensis has a wide spreading crown and can reach a mature height of 30m when growing conditions are conducive. This tree can withstand very dry conditions and is able to tolerate temperatures as low as [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:14:04+02:00May 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

The false olive is a very hardy evergreen tree characterised with a much-branched crown and drooping branches. Its distribution stretches from the Western Cape in South Africa to Zimbabwe. Buddleja saligna is a common tree in dry, deciduous woodlands especially along drainage lines. It is classified as a small tree which can reach a mature [...]

By |2019-05-20T10:09:44+02:00May 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Fiddlewood is a pretty shrub or small tree native to the West Indies but is now grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. This tree is semi-deciduous and keeps some of its foliage all year and will drop some leaves as well. Although fiddlewood favours wet habitats, it has also been found in [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:32:37+02:00May 9th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout

A low growing evergreen tree rarely found with a straight trunk. Sideroxylon inerme is an indigenous tree of South Africa naturally found growing in coastal areas from Cape Peninsula to the northern Zululand. S. inerme got its common name (white milkwood) from the milky latex it produces which in turn discourage animals from browsing this [...]

By |2019-05-06T10:44:12+02:00May 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout

Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti tree is a medium sized semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa naturally occurring in low altitude areas. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘speiros’ which means spike as the flowers are in a tight spiral on the spike. This tree can reach a mature height of 7-9m. Leaves are alternate, simple [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:01:50+02:00April 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Ficus abutilifolia is a deciduous tree of South Africa with a spreading round crown and roots which often grow over rocks. The distribution of this tree stretches from Tanzania in the North to Kwa-Zulu Natal in the South. It has a moderate growth rate and can reach a mature height of 10m. F. abutilifolia can [...]

By |2019-04-23T09:08:17+02:00April 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Spathodea campanulata is a semi-evergreen tree originating from West Africa. This tree has spectacular trumpet flowers and is everblooming. It is normally found growing naturally around gullies and along footpaths. African tulip tree has an oval crown; its mature height ranges from 10 - 35 metres. The leaves of this fast-growing tree are about 20cm [...]

By |2019-04-12T11:11:24+02:00April 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Gardenia thunbergia – Wild gardenia – kannetjieboom

Gardenia thunbergia is a hardy evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a shiny leaf and reaching a mature height of 2 to 5m. It is a slow growing tree common in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. This tree is usually found growing naturally in evergreen forests, forest margins, woodlands and bushvelds. Wild gardenia’s glossy [...]

By |2019-04-05T14:05:21+02:00April 5th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Gardenia thunbergia – Wild gardenia – kannetjieboom