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Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

The colourful, indigenous Peltophorum africanum is a wildlife friendly tree that attracts insects and animals alike throughout the year. Growing to a height of between 5 to 7 m and even higher, the tree, also known as the African Wattle, provides welcome shade during the hot months with its large, acacia-like, feathery leaves.  It has [...]

By |2018-04-26T12:35:20+02:00April 26th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

Erythrina latissima – Broad-leaved coral tree – Breeblaarkoraalboom

The Broad-leaved coral tree is easily identifiable by its large, 3-foliolate leaves.  The foliage is soft and initially woolly in texture, becoming grey-green and leathery as it matures.  The bark of this tree is corky with thorns, becoming deeply grooved as the tree develops. Deciduous, the Erythrina latissima is a small to medium sized tree [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00October 29th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Erythrina latissima – Broad-leaved coral tree – Breeblaarkoraalboom

Bauhinia blakeana – Hong Kong Orchid tree

The exotic Bauhinia blakeana hails from southern China and was named as the floral emblem of Hong Kong.  Best known for its beautiful display of orchid-like blooms, this tree makes an excellent specimen tree when in bloom. The Hong Kong orchid tree is a medium sized, quick growing tree that can reach a height of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00October 22nd, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia blakeana – Hong Kong Orchid tree

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Nuxia congesta, also known as the Brittlewood, is a small, evergreen tree or shrub with attractive, bright green leaves.  Native to South Africa, the tree is best known for its flowers that bloom during autumn and winter from March to July. Quick growing, the tree is multi-trunked with crooked stems and grows to a height [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:46+02:00September 25th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Crataegus crus-galli, Cockspur hawthorn

The Crataegus crus-galli is a member of the hawthorn family and the species name is derived from the Latin word for the spur on a cockerel’s foot which the thorns resemble.  The tree is native to eastern North America, but will grow happily in our South African climate. This small, deciduous tree grows to a [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:57+02:00September 17th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Crataegus crus-galli, Cockspur hawthorn

Ochna natalitia – Natal plane – Pronkrooihout

This showy, evergreen shrub or small tree provides year round colour in your garden. From September to December the scented, golden yellow flowers are borne in clusters, attracting bees and butterflies. The fruit is attractive with red or pink enlarged calyx with oblong, black drupelets that entices birds from spring to summer. New leaves are [...]

By |2015-07-02T12:38:37+02:00July 2nd, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom

The Calpurnia aurea is a multi-stemmed shrub or small, graceful tree with a light, open crown. The tree normally grows to a height of 2 – 4 m and is very fast growing. The foliage of the Wild laburnum is a light green and has a soft, drooping nature.  Evergreen, the tree is best known [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:12:08+02:00June 18th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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