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Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

The bottle brush aloe is a shrub or tree-like plant well known for its neat habit and low maintenance. It is moderately large and forms a solitary or sparsely branched stem that can reach a mature height of 2m. This plant is often found growing naturally on rocky areas, steep slopes and cliffs. In South [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:30:16+02:00December 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Fiddlewood is a pretty shrub or small tree native to the West Indies but is now grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. This tree is semi-deciduous and keeps some of its foliage all year and will drop some leaves as well. Although fiddlewood favours wet habitats, it has also been found in [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:32:37+02:00May 9th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti tree is a medium sized semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa naturally occurring in low altitude areas. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘speiros’ which means spike as the flowers are in a tight spiral on the spike. This tree can reach a mature height of 7-9m. Leaves are alternate, simple [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:01:50+02:00April 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

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

Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Cassinopsis Ilicifolia is an indigenous Southern African shrub widely distributed from Zimbabwe to the Western Cape. This tree is found growing naturally in montane forests, forest margins, densely wooded cliffs and along streams. This thorny shrub is fast growing (up to 800mm per year) and can reach a mature height of 5m. The glossy leaves [...]

By |2019-01-11T11:57:03+02:00January 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung

Named after a professor of Botany at Gottigen, Halleria lucida is an evergreen or semi-deciduous tree or shrub that is often multi-stemmed with a spreading crown and a shiny foliage on drooping branches. It is an indigenous tree of Southern Africa which can a mature height of 12m in wetter warmer areas. Tree fuschia is [...]

By |2018-11-16T15:15:56+02:00November 16th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung
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