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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Vachellia robusta is a single trunked high branching deciduous tree common in the warm dry savannas. It is found growing naturally in a variety of habitats among other different plant communities. This tree reaches a mature height of about 10m. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from KwaZulu-Natal to the North West Provinces. The main [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:52:49+02:00July 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Formerly Caesalpinea ferrea, Libidibia ferrea got its common name ‘Leopard tree’ from its beautifully marked bark which looks like leopard print. Although it may seem to be an African tree, it is native to Brazil. This tree prefers fertile, well-drained soils and full sun. It is also very hardy and will survive drought conditions and [...]

By |2019-06-28T11:49:38+02:00June 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom