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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

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
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