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Combretum kraussii – Forest bushwillow – Bosvaderlandswilg – Umdubu-wehlathi

The handsome Forest bushwillow is a hardy semi-deciduous tree with glossy dark green foliage that turns vivid red and purple in autumn. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo to Mpumalanga. This fast growing tree is classified as a medium to large tree and reaches a mature height of 4 to [...]

By |2020-10-27T16:26:21+02:00October 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum kraussii – Forest bushwillow – Bosvaderlandswilg – Umdubu-wehlathi

Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Lebombo cluster-leaf is a stunning medium-sized tree that can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are favourable. This tree belongs to the Bushwillow family, it originates from KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga where it’s found growing naturally on stony hillsides and close to streams. Branches of Terminalia phanerophlebia grow in a horizontal form. [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:13+02:00June 22nd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a week away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting of deciduous trees! Native to South Africa, Celtis africana is a fairly fast-growing shade tree attractive deciduous tree common in both high and low rainfall areas. It usually reaches a mature height of 12 m and a crown [...]

By |2020-05-28T13:14:56+02:00May 28th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Betula pendula is a medium sized deciduous tree well known for its slender branches and sparse crown that let sunshine through in winter and light shade in summer. This exotic tree generally reaches a mature height of 8 -12m when growing conditions are ideal. Silver birch is native to Europe where it is normally found [...]

By |2020-01-27T13:26:55+02:00January 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

An attractive small to medium sized tree that can grow as deciduous or evergreen depending on prevailing growing conditions. Although Heteropyxis natalensis now grows in many parts of South Africa, it originated from KwaZulu Natal. When crushed, leaves and twigs of this tree produce a strong lavender smell hence the common name ‘lavender tree.’ In [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:02:13+02:00September 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo

The nana berry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub indigenous to South Africa, it is a common across Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. This attractive shrub can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are ideal. Searsia dentata is low branching with a dense rounded canopy. It brings bright autumn colours to [...]

By |2019-07-05T09:51:57+02:00July 5th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo

Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

An evergreen to semi-deciduous tree belonging to the Citrus family, Ptaeroxylon obliquum can reach a mature height of 35m under conducive growing conditions. Its distribution stretches from Tanzania in the North to Eastern Cape in South. Leaves of this tree are opposite, evenly compound with dark green asymmetric leaflets. In Autumn, Ptaeroxylon obliquum produces yellow [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:04:34+02:00March 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Native to eastern and central America, the exotic Pin Oak is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions.  It can be found along many roadsides and is also prominent features in many of our parks and large gardens. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 17th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik
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