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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

Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Aloe ferox is a beautiful focal plant that will brighten your garden during winter! Commonly known as the bitter aloe Aloe ferox is indigenous to Southern Africa. Its genus name ‘Aloe’ refers to the spiky leaves while the species name ‘ferox’ means fierce. This Aloe is widely distributed in Southern Africa, it is easy to [...]

By |2020-07-03T14:54:24+02:00July 3rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

Vachellia xanthophloea is an indigenous tree of South Africa characterised with a stunning spreading crown. The Fever tree got its common name from pioneers who believed the tree caused fevers. The fever was actually malaria which they caught from mosquitoes that bred in the swampy fever tree habitat. It is a common tree on river [...]

By |2019-12-11T15:46:54+02:00December 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

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

Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

The Blue guarri is an evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a dense irregular canopy of blue green foliage. This tree either grows as a single-stemmed small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub, it is common on exposed rocky areas and can reach a mature height of 5m in the Highveld. It is found growing naturally [...]

By |2019-09-27T08:56:12+02:00September 27th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

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 |2018-09-13T12:30:26+02:00September 13th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Pavetta lanceolata – Weeping Bride’s Bush – Treurbruidsbos

Pavetta lanceolata is generally found in the summer rainfall areas of our country. This large shrub or small tree is best known for its masses of flowers and the alternative common name of ‘Christmas bush’ refers to its peak blooming time from November to December. Growing to a height of 5 – 7 m, the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:39+02:00July 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pavetta lanceolata – Weeping Bride’s Bush – Treurbruidsbos

Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

Native to South Africa, Olinia emarginata is an attractive, ornamental tree that is normally found in KwaZulu Natal, the Drakensberg and Gauteng. The Mountain Hard Pear is classified as a small to medium sized tree and can grow to a height of 5 to 7 m.  The size of the tree will vary from small [...]

By |2018-07-12T15:56:54+02:00July 12th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

One of the most iconic South African aloes, Aloe Marlothii, has started blooming and is providing bright splashes of colour in many areas.  Indigenous to South Africa, this aloe is used extensively in landscaping as it is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance while offering a majestic presence in the garden. The Mountain [...]

By |2018-06-15T09:49:57+02:00June 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

Myrsine africana – Cape Myrtle – Vlieebos

Indigenous to South Africa, Myrsine africana is a small tree or medium sized shrub that is found throughout the country.  Also known as the African Boxwood, the tree can grow to a height of between 1.5 to 2 m with a spread of approximately 1 m and has a compact growth form. The Cape Myrtle [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 24th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Myrsine africana – Cape Myrtle – Vlieebos
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