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

Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree wisteria – Vanwykshout

Bolusanthus speciosus is a protected tree of South Africa whose blooms resemble those of Jacaranda. Although it is slow growing and delicate looking, this tree can reach a mature height of 6 to 12m when growing conditions are favourable. It is widely distributed in wooded grasslands of the Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal. This tree [...]

By |2021-02-12T13:14:26+02:00February 12th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree wisteria – Vanwykshout

Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

Calpurnia aurea is an indigenous semi-evergreen to evergreen tree named after T. Julius Calpurnius, a Latin poet, Aurea refers to the flower colour. Although this summer flowering tree can reach a mature height of about 10m in the wild if growing conditions are favourable, it normally grows to a height of 2 to 4m in [...]

By |2021-02-05T15:24:56+02:00February 5th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

Combretum erythrophyllum – River bushwillow – Vaderlandswilg – Umdubu

A beautiful deciduous to semi-deciduous tree with willow-like dense foliage. Combretum erythrophyllum is very hardy, fast growing and can reach a mature height of 5-12m.  Although this tree is found growing naturally along rivers and streams, it can adapt to conditions in most gardens. The distribution of this tree stretches from Limpopo, North West Province, [...]

By |2021-01-20T14:27:48+02:00January 20th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum erythrophyllum – River bushwillow – Vaderlandswilg – Umdubu

Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

With Christmas by the corner, now is the time to invest in festive foliage! Ilex aquifolium, commonly called the Common Holly is a densely branched evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. Although native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, this slow growing tree or shrub is now grown all over the world due to [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:39:12+02:00November 23rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Nuxia congesta is a small, evergreen tree or shrub whose specific name ‘congesta’ was derived from the dense bunches of fragrant flowers it produces during the winter season (March to July). Widely distributed from Tropical Africa in the North to Eastern Cape in the South, the common wild elder is normally found growing naturally in [...]

By |2020-11-18T13:13:43+02:00November 18th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane
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