Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

A beautiful large tree characterized with lush foliage and red berries which attract wildlife to the garden. Although classified as evergreen, the Cape Ash can be briefly deciduous in cold dry winters. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga to the Limpopo Provinces. The Cape ash has a spreading [...]

By |2021-03-21T21:59:02+02:00March 21st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar – Umaluleka

Noltea africana is a fast growing evergreen tree that has become popular in the landscaping industry due to its versatility. This tree was named after Ferdinand Nolte, a professor of Botany at the University of Kiel. Noltea africana is the only species of this genus in Southern Africa.  Although it usually grows to a mature [...]

By |2021-03-16T14:47:19+02:00March 16th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Noltea africana – Soap dogwood – Seepblinkblaar – Umaluleka

Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti

If you are looking for a classic evergreen for a formal garden, Podocarpus henkelii is an excellent option. The tree has a typical pyramidal shape with branches that are strong enough to hold decorations. This tree can be considered as a substitute for the Christmas tree. P. henkelii grows best in areas with good rainfall [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:21:34+02:00February 17th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti

Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

Calpurnia aurea is an indigenous semi-evergreen to evergreen tree named after T. Julius Calpurnius, a Latin poet, Aurea refers to the flower colour. Although this summer flowering tree can reach a mature height of about 10m in the wild if growing conditions are favourable, it normally grows to a height of 2 to 4m in [...]

By |2021-02-05T15:24:56+02:00February 5th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

With Christmas by the corner, now is the time to invest in festive foliage! Ilex aquifolium, commonly called the Common Holly is a densely branched evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. Although native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, this slow growing tree or shrub is now grown all over the world due to [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:39:12+02:00November 23rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Nuxia congesta is a small, evergreen tree or shrub whose specific name ‘congesta’ was derived from the dense bunches of fragrant flowers it produces during the winter season (March to July). Widely distributed from Tropical Africa in the North to Eastern Cape in the South, the common wild elder is normally found growing naturally in [...]

By |2020-11-18T13:13:43+02:00November 18th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

A hardy fast growing evergreen tree with an upright crown and corky bark. Rauvolfia caffra was named after Leonhart Rauwolf of Augsburg, a 16th century medical doctor and collector of medicinal plants; caffra refers to Kaffraria [now the Eastern Cape]. Although this tree can grow up to 30m in the natural habitat, when planted in [...]

By |2020-10-30T14:51:36+02:00October 30th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

The Wild pomegranate is a stunning evergreen shrub characterised with glossy dark green foliage. It occurs naturally along the coastal strip of South Africa. Although this tree is slow growing, it starts flowering while still small. It normally reaches a mature height of 2.5m and spread of 1.5m in gardens. B. bubalina is a neat [...]

By |2020-10-20T13:17:32+02:00October 20th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

A very hardy small to medium sized evergreen tree, Pittosporum viridiflorum makes a good specimen plant in the garden when planted both in full sun or semi-shade conditions. This tree grows over a wide range of altitudes and its growth habit varies from one location to another. It prefers well-drained soils and is reasonably drought [...]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:22+02:00October 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye

A beautiful fast growing evergreen shrub with a wide distribution in South Africa from Swellendam through the Eastern Cape, Free State to KwaZulu Natal and into Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Northern Province. Rhamnus prinoides grows a multi-stemmed, small tree. In the garden, it tends to grow to 3 – 4 m while in its natural habitats [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:13:03+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye
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