Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – Umqokolo

A small to medium sized tree native to southern Africa. The distribution of the Kei apple extends from the Kei river in the south, from which the common name derives, northwards along the eastern side of the continent to Tanzania. This tree grows in a variety of habitats, from evergreen, coastal and riverine forests to dry woodland and rocky [...]

By |2022-01-11T13:25:31+02:00November 23rd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – Umqokolo

Vachellia rehmanniana – Silky thorn – Sydoring – Musivhisha

Closely related to V.sieberiana, The Silky thorn is a medium sized tree that can reach a mature height of 6 to 10m, this makes it a beautiful option for medium sized gardens. This tree was named after Anton Rehmann, a polish botanist and collector. It is normally found growing naturally along rivers and streams. This [...]

By |2022-01-12T12:53:31+02:00October 21st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia rehmanniana – Silky thorn – Sydoring – Musivhisha

Philenoptera violacea – Apple leaf – Appelblaar

A beautiful semi-deciduous tree with an open rounded crown. In South Africa, Philenoptera violacea is found growing naturally in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. Although this tree is initially slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 15m when growing conditions are favourable. The leaves of this tree are compound with [...]

By |2021-08-20T10:57:01+02:00August 20th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea – Apple leaf – Appelblaar

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate. Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m. In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves in colder locations. [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:50:44+02:00November 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

One would think this shrub originates from the Cape due to its common name but in fact, Bauhinia galpinii got its common name from De Kaap valley in Nelspruit Mpumalanga where it is much more wide spread. This plant species can also be found growing naturally in the moist bushveld areas of the country. Bauhinia [...]

By |2018-11-30T11:46:49+02:00November 30th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik

An exotic tree that is well known for its ability to withstand drought is the Quercus suber. Hailing from the Mediterranean, the Cork oak is a unique and valuable tree species.  Evergreen, unlike most oaks, this is one of the few trees able to regenerate their bark.  The deeply fissured, corky bark can be up [...]

By |2016-02-05T12:25:01+02:00February 5th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik

Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn – Blinkblaar wag-‘n-bietjie

The Ziziphus mucronata is an iconic tree in Africa and is revered by many African peoples.  Historically a Buffalo thorn tree was planted on the grave of a deceased chief to mark the burial place.  In addition, the thorns of this tree are paired along the stems, one facing forward and the other facing backward, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00January 29th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ziziphus mucronata – Buffalo thorn – Blinkblaar wag-‘n-bietjie

Atalaya alata – Lebombo Krantz-ash – Lebombo kransesseboom

There are three Atalaya species in South Africa, namely A. alata, A. capensis and A. natalensis. This semi-deciduous, small to medium tree generally grows to a height of 4 to 7 m.  Originally found on the rocky slopes of the Lebombo mountains, Atalaya alata grows well in hot, dry areas.  It has a slender shape [...]

By |2018-11-12T10:32:20+02:00January 21st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Atalaya alata – Lebombo Krantz-ash – Lebombo kransesseboom
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