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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

Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

A very hardy small to medium sized evergreen tree, Pittosporum viridiflorum makes a good specimen plant in the garden when planted both in full sun or semi-shade conditions. This tree grows over a wide range of altitudes and its growth habit varies from one location to another. It prefers well-drained soils and is reasonably drought [...]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:22+02:00October 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

Psychotria capensis – Black Bird Berry – Voelbessie – Isithibala

Psychotria capensis is a useful shrub or small tree that can be grown both in full sun or shade. This stunning evergreen tree can reach a mature height of 8m under favourable growing conditions. In South Africa, this tree occurs naturally in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and some parts of Gauteng. It [...]

By |2020-07-14T12:17:22+02:00July 14th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Psychotria capensis – Black Bird Berry – Voelbessie – Isithibala

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

Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Bauhinia tomentosa is a multi-stemmed small tree/shrub characterised with lobed leaves resembling butterfly wings. This tree grows well both under full sun and shade conditions. It is a fast grower, with a growth rate of about 900mm per year. This species of Bauhinia grows from the coastal Eastern Cape and southern Natal to Limpopo and [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:28:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Indigofera frutescens is an evergreen shrub originating from the Western Cape. It can grow both in full sun and partial shade conditions. When growing conditions are conducive, the Rive indigo can reach a mature height of 4m and crown spread of 3m. This shrub is often found growing naturally on mountain sides. It is frost [...]

By |2019-06-03T11:55:45+02:00June 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Scotia afra is a multi-branched evergreen tree or shrub that can grow to a mature height of 5m. It naturally occurs along the banks of dry streams and small rivers in the Little Karoo, the drier areas of Eastern Cape and the southern part of Western Cape. This small waterwise tree has glossy dark green [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:56:53+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Greyia radlkoferi – Transvaal bottlebrush – Inhlazane

Greyia radlkoferi is a deciduous tree growing up to 7m tall with an open canopy and gnarled stems and branches. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Limpopo Province in the North to KwaZulu Natal in the South. This tree is found growing naturally in deep channels along streambanks, bordering evergreen forests and among rocks. [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:33:17+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Greyia radlkoferi – Transvaal bottlebrush – Inhlazane

Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Trachycarpus fortunei is a very hardy slow growing palm tree reaching a mature height of 12 to 20m. Despite of the fact that this palm is exotic and native to China, it easily adapts to a multitude of climates from very cold to tropical environments. The spiralling out of leaves in all directions from the [...]

By |2019-02-15T15:05:58+02:00February 15th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo

Dovyalis caffra is a thorny evergreen tree or shrub with a moderate growth rate and usually reaching a mature height of 3 to 5m. This tree is found growing naturally in open bushes, wooded grasslands and Acacia woodlands. It is widely distributed all over Southern Africa. The leaves of Kei apple are glossy and oval [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:58:42+02:00February 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo
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