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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

Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

Grewia occidentalis is an evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that can reach a mature height of 10m in its natural habitat where growing conditions are favourable. In gardens, it can reach a mature height of about 3m. This tree is common in a wide variety of habitats from arid Karoo, coastal dune bush to evergreen montane [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:03:55+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

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

Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Vachellia robusta is a single trunked high branching deciduous tree common in the warm dry savannas. It is found growing naturally in a variety of habitats among other different plant communities. This tree reaches a mature height of about 10m. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from KwaZulu-Natal to the North West Provinces. The main [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:52:49+02:00July 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

The September bush is an evergreen glossy leafed shrub which bears large quantities of pink pear-shaped flowers throughout the year. It is a low maintenance waterwise plant that can grow both in full sun and under semi-shade conditions. It is indigenous to South Africa and its distribution stretches from Zululand in the north to Western [...]

By |2019-06-20T13:08:15+02:00June 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

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

Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

An evergreen or semi-deciduous tree native to Southern Africa with a distribution stretching from Senegal to South Eastern Africa. Ficus natalensis has a wide spreading crown and can reach a mature height of 30m when growing conditions are conducive. This tree can withstand very dry conditions and is able to tolerate temperatures as low as [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:14:04+02:00May 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

An evergreen to semi-deciduous tree belonging to the Citrus family, Ptaeroxylon obliquum can reach a mature height of 35m under conducive growing conditions. Its distribution stretches from Tanzania in the North to Eastern Cape in South. Leaves of this tree are opposite, evenly compound with dark green asymmetric leaflets. In Autumn, Ptaeroxylon obliquum produces yellow [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:04:34+02:00March 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

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

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
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