Prunus armeniaca – Apricot

The exact origin of the Apricot is unknown however, it is believed to have come from northern and western China, central Asia, Japan and Korea. Its scientific name Prunus armeniaca indicates that this tree was historically cultivated in Armenia for centuries before it was spread by the Romans to European countries. While this fruit is produced [...]

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Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

Native to China, Populus simonii is a quick growing deciduous tree resembling the Lombardy Poplar in growth habit. The tree is often used for informal hedging or screening. It changes its appearance as each new season approaches, showcasing its beautiful colours throughout the year. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They turn bright yellow in autumn [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:29:39+02:00May 14th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Populus simonii – Chinese poplar

Quercus palustris – Pin oak

If you are looking to introduce autumn colours to your garden, Pin oak is a suitable option. This tree is native to eastern and central America. It is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape with a straight, dominant trunk.  It can reach a mature [...]

By |2022-05-27T15:35:44+02:00May 6th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin oak

Gardenia jasminoides – Cape jasmine – Katjiepiering

Well known for its fragrant, showy, creamy white flowers which contrast with its lustrous dark, shiny green foliage, Gardenias are a must have in the garden. This shrub is native to the subtropical and tropical regions in Japan and southern China. It ideally grows in moist but well-draining soils, rich in organic material and with [...]

By |2021-12-08T15:26:21+02:00October 1st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Gardenia jasminoides – Cape jasmine – Katjiepiering

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

Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Trachycarpus fortunei is a very hardy slow growing palm tree reaching a mature height of 12 to 20m. Despite of the fact that this palm is exotic and native to China, it easily adapts to a multitude of climates from very cold to tropical environments. The spiralling out of leaves in all directions from the [...]

By |2019-02-15T15:05:58+02:00February 15th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trachycarpus fortunei – Chinese Windmill palm

Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut

Although mainly cultivated on a commercial scale in South Africa (Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal), Macadamia nut is an exotic tree originating from North Eastern new South Wales and central and South Eastern Queensland. Varieties of Macadamia nut commonly grown in South Africa include Beaumont, Kau, Mauka, Pahala, Makai and Nelmak 2. When growing conditions are [...]

By |2019-01-25T15:40:10+02:00January 25th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut

Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Native to eastern and central America, the exotic Pin Oak is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions.  It can be found along many roadsides and is also prominent features in many of our parks and large gardens. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 17th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

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

Ceratonia siliqua – Carob tree – Johannesbroodboom

This native of the Mediterranean and Middle East is an exotic tree in South Africa, and is well known for its ability to tolerate dry conditions. Evergreen, Ceratonia siliqua can grow to a height of 8 m with a spread of approximately 5 m, making it a good specimen for a large garden.  The tree [...]

By |2017-07-14T11:55:21+02:00July 14th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ceratonia siliqua – Carob tree – Johannesbroodboom
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