Afrocarpus elongatus – Breede River yellowwood – Breeriviergeelhout

Formerly known as Podocarpus elongatus, Afrocarpus elongatus is the smallest of the South African yellowwoods. It usually reaches a mature height of 6m in the landscape although it can reach 20 m when growing in sheltered, well-watered ravines. This tree is low branching with a crown as wide as its height. Unlike other yellowwood trees, the Breede River [...]

By |2022-06-10T12:34:43+02:00June 10th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Afrocarpus elongatus – Breede River yellowwood – Breeriviergeelhout

Virgilia oroboides – Kuerboom

Virgilia oroboides is a small, evergreen tree with a sparse crown that is usually narrow but can be spreading, especially with age. It usually reaches a mature height of 5 - 15 metres. Although V. oroboides is fast-growing [ attaining up to 1.3 m in a year] it is also short-lived, however, its average lifespan ranges from [...]

By |2022-06-10T12:25:20+02:00June 3rd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Virgilia oroboides – Kuerboom

Euphorbia ingens – Naboom – Mokgoto

Euphorbia ingens is an evergreen succulent tree characterised with an upright growth habit. It has no leaves but has segmented arms growing from the main trunk. This tree has a slow to moderate growth rate of about 60cm per year. It is distributed throughout KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Limpopo Province, Gauteng and the North-West Province. The Naboom has a [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:49:42+02:00May 27th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euphorbia ingens – Naboom – Mokgoto

Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

The Karee is low maintenance evergreen tree with a loose rounded crown. On higher altitudes, it is found growing naturally along rivers and streams. On lower altitudes, this tree can grow in open grassland plains where there is sufficient moisture. The Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree [...]

By |2022-04-01T12:09:22+02:00April 1st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

Searsia crenata – Dune crow-berry – Duinekraaibessie

Previously Rhus crenata, Searsia crenata is an evergreen shrub belonging to the Mango family. This shrub is endemic from the coastal Western Cape region to KwaZulu Natal. In its natural habitat, it is found in sandy coastal areas. The species name, crenata, refers to the leaves that are toothed with crenatures or scallops. S. crenata [...]

By |2022-04-01T11:39:38+02:00March 18th, 2022|Sun Trees|Comments Off on Searsia crenata – Dune crow-berry – Duinekraaibessie

Persea americana – Avocado

The Avocado is a dense, evergreen tree, shedding many leaves in early spring. It is fast growing and can reach 24 m, although usually less, and generally branches to form a broad tree. It is believed that Avocado may have originated in southern Mexico but was cultivated from the Rio Grande to central Peru. The Avocado cultivars [...]

By |2022-04-01T11:20:36+02:00March 1st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Persea americana – Avocado

Anthocleista grandiflora – Forest-fever tree – Boskoorsboom – Mophala

Anthocleista grandiflora is an evergreen striking tree with a tall straight trunk topped with a crown of huge leaves. This medium to tall tree can reach a mature height of 5 to 35m and is characterised with slender, straight, smooth, light grey or brown trunk, branching high up the trunk. Anthocleista grandiflora is the only species found in southern Africa. This species is called [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:44:06+02:00February 23rd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Anthocleista grandiflora – Forest-fever tree – Boskoorsboom – Mophala

Citrus aurantifolia – Citrus Lime

According to research, Citrus aurantifolia derives from crosses between Citrus papeda as the female parent and Citrus medica as the male parent, whereas Citrus limon is close relative of citron or sour orange. The lime is native to the Indo-Malayan region where it grows wild in the valleys of the Himalayas. Limes are classified into [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:19:26+02:00February 7th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citrus aurantifolia – Citrus Lime

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Dodonaea viscosa is a shrub/small tree native to tropical and subtropical Africa, Australia and India. This evergreen shrub is usually multi-stemmed and normally reaches a mature height between 2-8m tall. In South Africa, it grows well in a wide range of habitats from arid, semi-arid to high rainfall regions and is frost-hardy. Leaves of this [...]

By |2022-02-04T12:12:40+02:00February 1st, 2022|Sun Trees|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Ficus sansibarica – Knobbly fig – Knoppiesvy – Inkokhokho

Named after Zanzibar where Franz Stuhlmann, a naturalist, discovered it in 1889. Ficus sansibarica is a large tree with a spreading crown of up to 20x30m. The tree often begins life as an epiphyte, growing in the branch of another tree. As it grows older it sends down aerial roots which, when they reach the [...]

By |2022-02-04T12:52:11+02:00January 21st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus sansibarica – Knobbly fig – Knoppiesvy – Inkokhokho
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