Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boerbean – Molope

A beautiful tree with a wide-spreading, rounded crown. The Weeping boerbean usually remains evergreen in warmer climates, but may be briefly deciduous (lose some of its foliage in areas with very cold winters). This tree is normally found in warmer areas, occasionally in the Eastern Cape and throughout Natal. This tree is proving to be [...]

By |2021-10-08T12:58:52+02:00October 8th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boerbean – Molope

Teclea gerrardii – Zulu monkey orange – Zulukersielemoen – Umozane

The Zulu cherry-orange is an ornamental tree that grows well in sunny or shady positions and invites wildlife to gardens because of its attractive, fleshy, reddish-orange fruits. This small to medium sized tree grows to a height of 5m under optimum conditions. The leaves of Teclea gerrardii are trifoliate, with narrowly winged and grooved stalks [...]

By |2021-10-08T12:49:39+02:00October 8th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Teclea gerrardii – Zulu monkey orange – Zulukersielemoen – Umozane

Afrocarpus falcatus – Outeniqua yellowwood – Outeniekwageelhout – Umsonti

If you are looking for a fast growing screening tree for a large garden, Afrocarpus falcatus is a suitable option. This tree has been reported to be the fastest growing and the tallest of the Yellowwoods. It can reach a mature height of 46m in its natural habitat but will be much smaller [about 15m] [...]

By |2021-09-15T14:53:40+02:00September 15th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Afrocarpus falcatus – Outeniqua yellowwood – Outeniekwageelhout – Umsonti

Apodytes dimidiata – White pear – Witpeer – Umdakane

The white pear is an evergreen tree perfectly suited for coastal and windy environments. It can grow 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 in a variety of [...]

By |2021-09-01T16:28:00+02:00September 1st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Apodytes dimidiata – White pear – Witpeer – Umdakane

Philenoptera violacea – Apple leaf – Appelblaar

A beautiful semi-deciduous tree with an open rounded crown. In South Africa, Philenoptera violacea is found growing naturally in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. Although this tree is initially slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 15m when growing conditions are favourable. The leaves of this tree are compound with [...]

By |2021-08-20T10:57:01+02:00August 20th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea – Apple leaf – Appelblaar

Vachellia karoo – Sweet thorn – Soetdoring – Umunga

As we get ready for spring tree planting we would like to remind each other that the Arbor month [September] is around the corner and our Tree of the Year is the Sweet thorn [Vachellia karoo]. Vachellia karoo is one of the most beautiful and versatile indigenous trees of South Africa. It has a life [...]

By |2021-08-16T14:22:46+02:00August 16th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia karoo – Sweet thorn – Soetdoring – Umunga

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
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