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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

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

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Diospyros lycioides is a deciduous indigenous tree characterised with an open crown and drooping branches. This tree is normally found growing naturally on rocky habitats, its distribution stretches from Limpopo in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the south. Depending on the prevailing climatic conditions, the Bluebush can be slow or fast growing reaching a mature [...]

By |2020-02-14T12:51:54+02:00February 14th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

The indigenous Combretum bracteosum naturally occurs along the eastern seaboard of Southern Africa, including Kwazulu Natal, Transkei and the Eastern Cape.  Although it thrives in a subtropical, coastal environment, it is adaptive and has been successfully grown on the Highveld. This fast growing, semi-deciduous tree is unique amongst the bush willows in that it does [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00March 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn

This small tree or scrambling shrub, native to South Africa, is also known as the Wing-leaved wooden pear.  Occurring naturally in the forest margins or bushveld of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal, it attains an average height of 5m with a spread of 4 m, but can grow up to 15 m high under [...]

By |2018-01-25T10:49:08+02:00January 25th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn

Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree Wisteria – Vanwykshout

Jacarandas are in full bloom in Pretoria, heralding the beginning of summer, but did you know that this tree is considered to be an invasive species from Argentina in some parts of South Africa?  Our own, indigenous Tree wisteria is a lovely replacement for the Jacaranda and displays similar purple blossoms from August to January. [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00October 12th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bolusanthus speciosus – Tree Wisteria – Vanwykshout

Millettia grandis – Umzimbeet – Umsambeet

The indigenous Millettia grandis is a tall, shade tree with a spreading crown that naturally occurs in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.  It grows to a height of between 5 and 8 m, and even taller, depending on the soil conditions. The Umzimbeet is a semi-deciduous tree with particularly attractive flowers and fruits.  [...]

By |2017-09-21T16:40:14+02:00September 21st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Millettia grandis – Umzimbeet – Umsambeet

Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort – Blousyselbos

We welcome the New Year with something a little different, but it can be found over much of South Africa.  The Plumbago auriculata is classified as a scrambling shrub that grows to a height of 3 m with a spread of 3 m.  Although it is not a tree, this pretty shrub is utilised in [...]

By |2017-01-05T13:43:53+02:00January 5th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Plumbago auriculata – Cape leadwort – Blousyselbos

Clausena anisata – Horsewood

An ideal specimen tree for your indigenous, small garden, The Horsewood is often shunned as the crushed leaves have a strong, aniseed-like scent which could be considered by some as unpleasant.  However, the leaves can be used as a substitute for curry leaves in your dishes! The small, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree grows to a [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:50:09+02:00December 14th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Clausena anisata – Horsewood
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