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Aloidendron dichotomum – Quiver tree – Kokerboom

Indigenous to South Africa, the Quiver tree is one of the best known aloes that occur in South Africa and Namibia.  Previously known as the Aloe dichotomum, this tree aloe us found in very arid areas with distribution from Namaqualand northwards to Namibia and eastwards to Upington and Kenhardt.  The common name of Quiver tree [...]

By |2017-10-02T12:15:18+02:00October 2nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloidendron dichotomum – Quiver tree – Kokerboom

Millettia grandis – Umzimbeet – Umsambeet

The indigenous Millettia grandis is a tall, shade tree with a spreading crown that naturally occurs in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.  It grows to a height of between 5 and 8 m, and even taller, depending on the soil conditions. The Umzimbeet is a semi-deciduous tree with particularly attractive flowers and fruits.  [...]

By |2017-09-21T16:40:14+02:00September 21st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Millettia grandis – Umzimbeet – Umsambeet

Pavetta gardeniifolia – Christmas bride’s bush – Kersbruidbos

The pretty Pavetta gardeniifolia is a large shrub that can develop into a small tree, which is ideal for the smaller or townhouse garden. Commonly known as the Christmas bride’s bush, the shrub produces sweetly scented flowers during early to mid-summer.  The dainty flowers are white in colour and hang in umbrella-like clusters, attracting birds [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00September 14th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pavetta gardeniifolia – Christmas bride’s bush – Kersbruidbos

Buddleja salviifolia – Sagewood – Saliehout

With spring in the air, warm weather on the way and breezes stirring, scented trees and shrubs are the order of the day. Buddleja salviifolia, commonly known as Sagewood or Butterfly bush is a bushy shrub or small tree that can grow to a height of 4 m under optimal conditions.  It is semi-deciduous and [...]

By |2017-09-07T16:05:20+02:00September 7th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja salviifolia – Sagewood – Saliehout

Euclea pseudebenus – Cape ebony and Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn

National Arbor Week takes place during the first week of September and as such we are looking at Ziziphus mucronata (Buffalo thorn) and Euclea pseudebenus (Ebony guarrie) that has been designated as our trees of the year for 2017.  One common and one rare species are selected to be celebrated for their beauty and importance [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00August 31st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea pseudebenus – Cape ebony and Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn

Salix mucronata – Cape Willow – Kaapse Wilger

Summer is on its way and a popular image depicting our summer is that of a willow tree dipping its graceful branches into a bubbling stream.  Indigenous to South Africa, Salix mucronata is a tall, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that has an open crown and slightly drooping branches.  It can grow to a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 24th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Salix mucronata – Cape Willow – Kaapse Wilger

Freylinia tropica – Honeybell bush – Heuningklokkiesbos

Indigenous to South Africa, Freylinia tropica has the delightful common name of Honeybell bush, describing the scented flowers exactly. Evergreen, this large shrub or small tree can grow to a height of up to 2.5 m and is often shaped into a hedge or used as a container plant.  Freylinia has a slender, spreading habit [...]

By |2017-08-17T11:39:47+02:00August 17th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Freylinia tropica – Honeybell bush – Heuningklokkiesbos

Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus avium is an exotic fruit tree that originally hails from South Eastern Europe and Asia.  Known for its delicious fruit and pretty spring blossoms, this tree has a long standing history in South Africa. The first cherry orchard was planted in 1860 near Cape Town, but the main cherry production area today is situated [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Erythrina lysistemon – Common Coral tree – Koraalboom

Widely grown and best known for its pretty blooms in winter and early spring, Erythrina lysistemon is an indigenous tree that provides year round interest in our gardens and on sidewalks. One of the showiest trees in the world, the common coral tree is deciduous and grows from 6 – 8m + in height.  The [...]

By |2017-08-03T11:57:22+02:00August 3rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Erythrina lysistemon – Common Coral tree – Koraalboom

Burchellia bubalina – Wild Pomegranate – Wilde Granaat

An indigenous, attractive small tree or large shrub, the Wild Pomegranate gets its common name from the resemblance between its young flowers and that of the true Pomegranate.  However, Burchellia bubalina belongs to the family Rubiaceae which is part of the coffee family.  Hardy and evergreen, this tree can grow to a height of 4 [...]

By |2017-07-27T13:36:42+02:00July 27th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Burchellia bubalina – Wild Pomegranate – Wilde Granaat
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