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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

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

Juglans regia – Common walnut – English walnut

Native from Asia and South East of Europe, Juglans regia is a common variety of walnuts grown all over the world together with Juglans nigra (black walnut).  This deciduous tree can attain a mature height of 30m and is normally cultivated in temperate areas in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. It is well known for its high level of [...]

By |2018-11-23T09:58:35+02:00November 23rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Juglans regia – Common walnut – English walnut

Scolopia mundii – Rooipeer – Red pear

Scolopia mundii is a beautiful medium to large evergreen tree characterised by a spreading crown and glossy, dark green leaves. Although considered a rare species in South Africa, the red pear can be found growing naturally on forest margins, along streams and on coastal and mountainous areas. This tree displays some interesting characteristics throughout the [...]

By |2018-08-08T11:18:29+02:00August 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scolopia mundii – Rooipeer – Red pear

Boscia albitrunca – Shepherd’s tree – Witgat

Often called the Tree of life due to its ability to provide food to both humans and animals, Boscia albitrunca is a small to medium-sized tree reaching a mature height of 7 m. This species is widely distributed in the drier parts of Southern Africa. In South Africa, its distribution stretches Limpopo, Gauteng, North-West, Swaziland, [...]

By |2018-08-02T12:52:57+02:00August 2nd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Boscia albitrunca – Shepherd’s tree – Witgat

Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees used to be quite common in older gardens, but fell out of favour through time.  With the advent of sustainable and productive gardening, pomegranates have become popular again and many varieties are currently available to add to [...]

By |2018-05-03T14:16:54+02:00May 3rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus avium is an exotic fruit tree that originally hails from South Eastern Europe and Asia.  Known for its delicious fruit and pretty spring blossoms, this tree has a long standing history in South Africa. The first cherry orchard was planted in 1860 near Cape Town, but the main cherry production area today is situated [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Carica papaya – Papaya tree

The papayas are ripe and we often associate the fruit with hot summer months when cooling fruit salad is often on the menu. Thought to have originated from the Central Americas, Carica papaya is grown extensively in the tropical regions of the world for its nutritional, digestive and medicinal properties.  Growing to a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 19th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carica papaya – Papaya tree

Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim

One of the largest tree species indigenous to South Africa, the Wild plum is known as a forest giant in the forests of KZN and the Eastern Cape.  The tree is often used in city parks and as a street tree in our coastal cities as it is evergreen and provides adequate shade. Growing to [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 13th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim
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