Euphorbia ingens – Naboom – Mokgoto

Euphorbia ingens is an evergreen succulent tree characterised with an upright growth habit. It has no leaves but has segmented arms growing from the main trunk. This tree has a slow to moderate growth rate of about 60cm per year. It is distributed throughout KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Limpopo Province, Gauteng and the North-West Province. The Naboom has a [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:49:42+02:00May 27th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euphorbia ingens – Naboom – Mokgoto

Commiphora marlothii – Paperbark corkwood – Papierbaskanniedood

Commiphora marlothii is a deciduous to semi-deciduous tree named after a South African pharmacist and botanist Dr Rudolph Marloth. This tree is characterised with a sparsely branched roundish crown. The distribution of Commiphora marlothii stretches from Tropical Africa in the north to Gauteng in the South. This small tree can reach a mature height of [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:42:46+02:00May 22nd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Commiphora marlothii – Paperbark corkwood – Papierbaskanniedood

Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

Native to China, Populus simonii is a quick growing deciduous tree resembling the Lombardy Poplar in growth habit. The tree is often used for informal hedging or screening. It changes its appearance as each new season approaches, showcasing its beautiful colours throughout the year. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They turn bright yellow in autumn [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:29:39+02:00May 14th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

Quercus palustris – Pin oak

If you are looking to introduce autumn colours to your garden, Pin oak is a suitable option. This tree is native to eastern and central America. It is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape with a straight, dominant trunk.  It can reach a mature [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:35:44+02:00May 6th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin oak

Freylinia tropica – Honey-bell bush – Blouheuningklokkiesbos

A low maintenance versatile shrub that reaches a mature height of 2.5m, Freylinia tropica is a very hardy slender shrub characterized with a spreading habit. This water wise, evergreen shrub is fast growing and grows well in full sun or under semi-shade conditions. In its natural environment, it is often a pioneer plant on disturbed damp ground. [...]

By |2022-05-13T15:59:41+02:00April 25th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Freylinia tropica – Honey-bell bush – Blouheuningklokkiesbos

Thespesia acutiloba – Wild tulip tree – Small-leaved Portia tree – Kleinblaarportiaboom – Iphuphume

Although not so well known amongst general gardeners, Thespesia acutiloba is a beautiful hardy, semi-deciduous small tree or large shrub with large, decorative, shiny, ivy-like leaves. It only reaches a height of 3 to 4m in the landscapes, but may grow up to 6 m high in its natural environment. The tree is endemic to coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal. It also grows [...]

By |2022-05-13T15:54:19+02:00April 18th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Thespesia acutiloba – Wild tulip tree – Small-leaved Portia tree – Kleinblaarportiaboom – Iphuphume

Bersama lucens – Glossy white ash – Blinkblaarwitessenhout – isiNdiyandiya

Bersama lucens is an uncommon small to medium sized tree characterised with shiny, leathery, thick and dark green leaves. This tree naturally occurs in swamps, coastal forests and high inland forests from north eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and eastern Gauteng. It is a slow grower and can reach a mature height of 3 to 10m [...]

By |2022-04-11T11:43:18+02:00April 11th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bersama lucens – Glossy white ash – Blinkblaarwitessenhout – isiNdiyandiya

Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

The Karee is low maintenance evergreen tree with a loose rounded crown. On higher altitudes, it is found growing naturally along rivers and streams. On lower altitudes, this tree can grow in open grassland plains where there is sufficient moisture. The Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree [...]

By |2022-04-01T12:09:22+02:00April 1st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

Combretum erythrophyllum – Rooiblaar – Umdubu

Well known for its spectacular red autumn colours, Combretum erythrophyllum is a deciduous to semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa. The tree is fast growing, reaching a height of 4-6m in three years when growing conditions are conducive. Its distribution stretches from Zimbabwe in the north to Eastern Cape in the South. Although this tree is usually found growing naturally along rivers and [...]

By |2022-04-01T11:47:07+02:00March 25th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum erythrophyllum – Rooiblaar – Umdubu

Chionanthus peglerae – Giant pock ironwood – Reusepokysterhout – isiZimane

Chionanthus peglerae is native to temperate, forested regions and tropical Asia, but can be found worldwide, except for the Arctic. The common name for this tree ‘Giant pock ironwood’ comes from the pock marks that are found on the axils of leaves. These pock marks are believed to provide habitat for symbiotic microbes. In South [...]

By |2022-04-01T11:31:33+02:00March 11th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Chionanthus peglerae – Giant pock ironwood – Reusepokysterhout – isiZimane
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