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Trichilia drageana – Forest Natal mahogany – Rooiessenhout

The Forest Natal Mahogany is an evergreen tree with a dense, spreading crown consisting of very dark green leaves. This tree usually grows up to 30 metres tall, it is a common in high rainfall areas with a warm climate such as KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West Province. Trichilia drageana’s grey bark has a [...]

By |2019-10-11T11:35:04+02:00October 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trichilia drageana – Forest Natal mahogany – Rooiessenhout

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

Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Khaya anthotheca is a large evergreen tree cultivated most successfully throughout the country. It can grow up to 60m tall under forest conditions and up to 30m under garden conditions. This tree is found growing naturally in evergreen and riverine forests, nearly always near water. It is native to tropical and Southern Africa and is [...]

By |2019-02-04T13:25:34+02:00February 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom

Heteropyxis canescens is a  small tree that can either be semi-deciduous or evergreen tree depending on weather conditions in an area.  It can reach  a mature height of 3 to 8m. This tree is rare as it is only restricted to some parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa and also in Swaziland. This tree is [...]

By |2018-12-05T09:59:31+02:00November 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom

Ilex mitis- Cape holly – Without

Ilex mitis is a beautiful fast growing evergreen tree which grows well in moist conditions but can also withstand dry conditions. It is believed to be an indicator species for areas with high water table. This tree is widely distributed in different parts of South Africa which include Limpopo, Northwest, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:39+02:00September 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ilex mitis- Cape holly – Without

Quercus robur – English oak – Akkerboom

Historically, Quercus robur is one of the most well-know of all exotic species in South Africa.  Hailing from Europe, the English oak was one of the first trees to be planted by the early settlers in the Cape region as it was deemed to be suitable for providing wood for wine barrels.  The quality of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00February 1st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus robur – English oak – Akkerboom

Combretum erythrophyllum – River bushwillow – Vaderlandswilg

The River bushwillow is a fast growing, deciduous tree that will grow to a height of 5 – 12 m and has a lovely spreading crown that can reach a diameter of 9 – 10 m.  A striking feature of this tree is the foliage.  The leaves emerge during spring with a soft green colour, [...]

By |2015-05-29T08:21:55+02:00May 29th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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