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Oncoba spinosa – Snuifkalbassie – Snuff – box tree

Well known for the snuff boxes that can be made from its hard-shelled fruit, Oncoba spinosa is a semi-deciduous medicinal tree or shrub that occurs naturally in the north-eastern part of South Africa, primarily in Mpumalanga and further north along the Zambezi River. It is a slow-growing tree that varies in habit from a shrub, growing to [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:44:40+02:00August 23rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Oncoba spinosa – Snuifkalbassie – Snuff – box tree

Citrus sinensis – Orange tree – Lemoenboom

Originating from the Far East, the Orange tree is one of our favourite fruit trees in South Africa.  The trees were initially planted in the Cape and the first sweet oranges were harvested in 1661.  Over the years many different varieties of oranges have been introduced into South Africa. Best known for its sweet fruit [...]

By |2017-11-09T11:18:37+02:00November 9th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citrus sinensis – Orange tree – Lemoenboom

Prunus dulcis – Almond tree – Amandelboom

The almond tree’s origins can be traced back to the Mediterranean and as such it is no wonder that the tree thrives in warm, sunny weather.  The upright, deciduous tree can be sensitive to wet and frosty conditions, but does well in the Western Cape region of South Africa. Growing to a height of 4 [...]

By |2016-06-01T12:00:21+02:00June 1st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus dulcis – Almond tree – Amandelboom

Pyrus – Pear tree – Peerboom

The pear is any of several tree and shrub species of genus Pyrus, in the family Rosaceae.  It is also the name of the pomaceous fruit of these trees. Originating from the coastal and mildly temperate regions of the Old World (Western Europe, North Arica and across Asia), this tree can be traced back over [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:28+02:00October 8th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pyrus – Pear tree – Peerboom

Juglans regia – Walnut – Okkerneut

Juglans regia is a large, deciduous tree that can attain heights of 25 – 35 m, with a trunk of up to 2 m in diameter. The tree typically has a short trunk and a broad crown with green foliage that changes to a striking yellow during autumn. The pinnate leaves are glossy green during summer [...]

By |2015-04-30T12:00:28+02:00April 30th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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