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Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolien – Mothlware

Named in honour of an amateur botanist Rev Adam Buddle, Buddleja saligna is an evergreen tree characterised with long narrow willow-like leaves. This fast growing tree can reach a mature height of 10m when growing conditions are favourable. Its growth rate is up to 800mm per year. Distribution of this tree stretches from Zimbabwe in [...]

By |2021-07-19T12:02:35+02:00July 19th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolien – Mothlware

Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septeeboom -Umduda

The beautiful Cordia caffra is a small to medium sized tree that possesses an interesting smooth light brown bark. This tree occurs naturally in coastal, riverine forests and bushes. It is mainly distributed  along the eastern seaboard of the country, from Natal, Transkei and the Eastern Cape, but it can be found more inland and [...]

By |2021-07-13T09:52:17+02:00July 9th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septeeboom -Umduda

Platanus x acerifolia – London Plane

It is believed that the London Plane tree has resulted from a cross between the Oriental plane tree (P. orientalis) and the American sycamore (P. occidentalis). The exact details of the tree’s origin have been lost over time, however, it was discovered that this hybrid could tolerate the smoke of London. As a result, it [...]

By |2021-05-27T07:31:26+02:00May 27th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Platanus x acerifolia – London Plane

Liquidambar styraciflua – Sweetgum – Liquidambar – Amberboom

Well known for its colourful autumn foliage (gold, amber, and scarlet red), Liquidambar styraciflua is a deciduous tree native to North America. This beautiful tree has been cultivated all over the world for its stunning foliage and neat, upright growth habit. It was given its genus name ‘Liquidambar’ by Linnaeus from the Latin liquidus and [...]

By |2021-05-02T10:17:49+02:00May 2nd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Liquidambar styraciflua – Sweetgum – Liquidambar – Amberboom

Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Senegalia caffra is an indigenous tree of South Africa whose genus name ‘Senegalia’ was derived from Senegal [the West African country] and ‘caffra’ from Kaffraria, the former name for South Africa. Though it’s cultivated in other parts of South Africa, Senegalia caffra often occurs naturally in Gauteng’s suburb gardens, together with Vachellia karoo and Vachellia robusta. This tree is well [...]

By |2021-05-02T10:08:04+02:00May 2nd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Prunus persica var nusipersica – Nectarine

Thinking of establishing a private orchard in the Highveld? Nectarine is one of the fruit trees you may want to consider planting. Prunus persica var nusipersica is originally from China and is one of the first tree crops to be domesticated about 4000 years ago. Most varieties of this tree species now grown all over the [...]

By |2021-04-04T18:29:17+02:00April 4th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus persica var nusipersica – Nectarine

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a month and half away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting and relocation of deciduous trees! Celtis africana is a beautiful deciduous tree widely distributed in the Highveld of South Africa. Growing as an individual tree in the open and under favourable conditions, Celtis africana normally grows as a tree of [...]

By |2021-03-28T18:15:24+02:00March 28th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

A beautiful large tree characterized with lush foliage and red berries which attract wildlife to the garden. Although classified as evergreen, the Cape Ash can be briefly deciduous in cold dry winters. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga to the Limpopo Provinces. The Cape ash has a spreading [...]

By |2021-03-21T21:59:02+02:00March 21st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar – Umaluleka

Noltea africana is a fast growing evergreen tree that has become popular in the landscaping industry due to its versatility. This tree was named after Ferdinand Nolte, a professor of Botany at the University of Kiel. Noltea africana is the only species of this genus in Southern Africa.  Although it usually grows to a mature [...]

By |2021-03-16T14:47:19+02:00March 16th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar – Umaluleka

Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti

If you are looking for a classic evergreen for a formal garden, Podocarpus henkelii is an excellent option. The tree has a typical pyramidal shape with branches that are strong enough to hold decorations. This tree can be considered as a substitute for the Christmas tree. P. henkelii grows best in areas with good rainfall [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:21:34+02:00February 17th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti
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