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

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Dodonaea viscosa is a shrub/small tree native to tropical and subtropical Africa, Australia and India. This evergreen shrub is usually multi-stemmed and normally reaches a mature height between 2-8m tall. In South Africa, it grows well in a wide range of habitats from arid, semi-arid to high rainfall regions and is frost-hardy. Leaves of this tree are hairless, variable [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:35:07+02:00February 2nd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Dodonaea viscosa is a shrub/small tree native to tropical and subtropical Africa, Australia and India. This evergreen shrub is usually multi-stemmed and normally reaches a mature height between 2-8m tall. In South Africa, it grows well in a wide range of habitats from arid, semi-arid to high rainfall regions and is frost-hardy. Leaves of this [...]

By |2022-02-04T12:12:40+02:00February 1st, 2022|Sun Trees|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Ficus sansibarica – Knobbly fig – Knoppiesvy – Inkokhokho

Named after Zanzibar where Franz Stuhlmann, a naturalist, discovered it in 1889. Ficus sansibarica is a large tree with a spreading crown of up to 20x30m. The tree often begins life as an epiphyte, growing in the branch of another tree. As it grows older it sends down aerial roots which, when they reach the [...]

By |2022-02-04T12:52:11+02:00January 21st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus sansibarica – Knobbly fig – Knoppiesvy – Inkokhokho

Boscia albitrunca – Shepherd’s tree– Witgat – Xukutsi

Boscia albitrunca is a small to medium-sized tree reaching a mature height of 7 m. This species is widely distributed in the drier parts of Southern Africa. In South Africa, its distribution stretches Limpopo, Gauteng, North-West, Swaziland, the Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This semi-deciduous tree is characterised with an attractive dense, round to spreading crown. The leathery, [...]

By |2022-01-12T12:30:49+02:00December 12th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Boscia albitrunca – Shepherd’s tree– Witgat – Xukutsi

Bauhinia bowkeri – Kei white bauhinia – Keibeesklou – Umdlandlovu

Bauhinia bowkeri is a small evergreen tree belonging to the legume family. Although this tree usually grows as a scrambling shrub, it can also develop into a small tree with a mature height of about 6m. It is endemic to Eastern Cape where it’s found growing naturally on rocky grounds. Like all indigenous Bauhinias, the leaves of this tree are distinctively butterfly-like and [...]

By |2022-01-11T14:06:32+02:00November 12th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia bowkeri – Kei white bauhinia – Keibeesklou – Umdlandlovu

Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

A hardy fast growing evergreen tree with an upright crown and corky bark. Rauvolfia caffra was named after Leonhart Rauwolf of Augsburg, a 16th century medical doctor and collector of medicinal plants; caffra refers to Kaffraria [now the Eastern Cape]. Although this tree can grow up to 30m in the natural habitat, when planted in [...]

By |2020-10-30T14:51:36+02:00October 30th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

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

Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

The Wild pomegranate is a stunning evergreen shrub characterised with glossy dark green foliage. It occurs naturally along the coastal strip of South Africa. Although this tree is slow growing, it starts flowering while still small. It normally reaches a mature height of 2.5m and spread of 1.5m in gardens. B. bubalina is a neat [...]

By |2020-10-20T13:17:32+02:00October 20th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe

A must have for a wildlife garden! Kiggelaria africana attracts a wide range of birds, butterflies and insects to the garden. This well shaped and low branched tree is semi-deciduous to evergreen. Its growth habit varies with environmental conditions – from a scrubby bush in arid areas to over twenty metres in a high forest. The Wild [...]

By |2020-08-05T08:45:04+02:00August 5th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe
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