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Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe

A must have for a wildlife garden! Kiggelaria africana attracts a wide range of birds, butterflies and insects to the garden. This well shaped and low branched tree is semi-deciduous to evergreen. Its growth habit varies with environmental conditions – from a scrubby bush in arid areas to over twenty metres in a high forest. The Wild [...]

By |2020-08-05T08:45:04+02:00August 5th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate. Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m. In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves in colder locations. [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:50:44+02:00November 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

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

Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Bauhinia tomentosa is a multi-stemmed small tree/shrub characterised with lobed leaves resembling butterfly wings. This tree grows well both under full sun and shade conditions. It is a fast grower, with a growth rate of about 900mm per year. This species of Bauhinia grows from the coastal Eastern Cape and southern Natal to Limpopo and [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:28:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Indigofera frutescens is an evergreen shrub originating from the Western Cape. It can grow both in full sun and partial shade conditions. When growing conditions are conducive, the Rive indigo can reach a mature height of 4m and crown spread of 3m. This shrub is often found growing naturally on mountain sides. It is frost [...]

By |2019-06-03T11:55:45+02:00June 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Spathodea campanulata is a semi-evergreen tree originating from West Africa. This tree has spectacular trumpet flowers and is everblooming. It is normally found growing naturally around gullies and along footpaths. African tulip tree has an oval crown; its mature height ranges from 10 - 35 metres. The leaves of this fast-growing tree are about 20cm [...]

By |2019-04-12T11:11:24+02:00April 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Scotia afra is a multi-branched evergreen tree or shrub that can grow to a mature height of 5m. It naturally occurs along the banks of dry streams and small rivers in the Little Karoo, the drier areas of Eastern Cape and the southern part of Western Cape. This small waterwise tree has glossy dark green [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:56:53+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

An exotic species of the Celtis genus commonly cultivated in South Africa, the handsome Celtis sinensis originates from Eastern Asia and has become naturalised in urban open spaces. This species is found in a wide variety of habitats from riverine forests, to drier inland areas as well as open woodlands. Often confused with White stinkwood, [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:56:56+02:00December 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree
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