Yearly Archives: 2014


Acokanthera oppositifolia – Bushman’s Poison – Boesmansgif

WARNING POISONOUS PLANT! Native to Africa, this medium to large (2 – 5 m) in height, evergreen to semi-deciduous shrub has the dubious honour of being one of the most poisonous trees to be found.  Known as the Bushman’s poison, the plant produces white latex which was used by the Bushmen as arrow head poison. [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:07:52+02:00December 18th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Sclerocarya birrea – Marula tree

The Marula tree is probably one of the most famous trees in Africa. Widespread, the tree can be found from Ethiopia to Kwazulu Natal as they grow in various types of woodlands with sandy, loamy soils. The singled stem tree with a wide spreading crown can grow to a height of 18 m and is [...]

By |2014-12-15T11:54:09+02:00December 15th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Prunus armenicana ‘Babeco’ – Apricot tree – Appelkoosboom

The deciduous apricot tree originated from the north east of China and was imported to South Africa during the 1700’s. Apricots were first planted in the Western Cape with its winter rainfall climate, but have subsequently spread to the rest of the country. Apricot trees tend to prefer cooler climates, but will survive in subtropical [...]

By |2014-12-11T11:56:15+02:00December 11th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill Palm – Houtpalm

The Chinese Windmill Palm, native to China, is one of the hardiest palm trees and is found all over the world.  This palm is easy to cultivate and adapts to a multitude of climates from very cold to tropical environments.  The palm generally grows to a height of between 12 to 20 m with a [...]

By |2014-12-04T10:30:52+02:00December 4th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Rapanea melanophloeos – Cape Beech – Kaapse Boekenhout

Rapanea melanophloeos is a large, handsome evergreen with a dense, spreading crown.   The bark is smooth and grey white, becoming darker and more fissured with age. The tree is frost hardy with low watering needs and can grow to a height of 6 – 18 m with a spread of 3 – 6 m. The [...]

By |2014-11-27T11:55:06+02:00November 27th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Cupressus sempervirens ‘Stricta’ – Italian Pine – Pencil Pine

The Pencil Pine is an evergreen, coniferous tree with a dense, thin pencil-like habit, sometimes becoming broader with age.  It is highly valued for the ascending, spire-like effect it can bring into a restricted space, or a space where shade is not desired.  The shape is reminiscent of an exclamation mark and is eye catching [...]

By |2014-11-20T12:20:07+02:00November 20th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Calodendrum capense – Cape Chestnut – Wildekastaiing

This underrated tree is cultivated widely for its prolific flower display during late spring to summer.   Originally, the Cape Chestnut was studied in the Cape, and came by its name because explorer William Burchell saw a resemblance to the Horse Chestnut in terms of flowers and fruit; however it is not closely related. This tree [...]

By |2014-11-13T11:46:42+02:00November 13th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaatboom

Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees are thought to have originated from between the Himalayas and Egypt and are mentioned frequently in ancient texts as a sign of fruitfulness. This attractive shrub or small tree can grow to a height of 5 – [...]

By |2014-11-07T13:54:15+02:00November 7th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Laurus nobilis – Bay leaf tree – Bay Laurel

The Bay leaf tree can be a special addition to your garden.  This evergreen tree originated from the Mediterranean and is considered an herb.  The medium sized, glossy, green leaves are used for flavouring soups and stews and also repel weevils!  Fresh bay leaves have a bitter taste, therefore leaves should be left to dry [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:51+02:00October 30th, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Searsia crenata – Dune crow-berry – Duinekraaibessie

The Dune crow-berry is a very hardy, evergreen shrub which is suited to low maintenance areas and is ideal as a hedging plant. Growing up to 2.5 m tall and spreading up to 4 m, this indigenous plant is wind and drought resistant and is a good water wise option in coastal areas.  The Dune [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:51+02:00October 22nd, 2014|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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