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Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Vachellia robusta is a single trunked high branching deciduous tree common in the warm dry savannas. It is found growing naturally in a variety of habitats among other different plant communities. This tree reaches a mature height of about 10m. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from KwaZulu-Natal to the North West Provinces. The main [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:52:49+02:00July 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia robusta – Broad pod robust thorn – Enkeldoring

Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Khaya anthotheca is a large evergreen tree cultivated most successfully throughout the country. It can grow up to 60m tall under forest conditions and up to 30m under garden conditions. This tree is found growing naturally in evergreen and riverine forests, nearly always near water. It is native to tropical and Southern Africa and is [...]

By |2019-02-04T13:25:34+02:00February 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Khaya anthotheca – African Mahogany – Red Mahogany – Oos-Afrikaanse mahonie

Deinbollia oblongifolia- Dune soapberry- Duineseepbessie

The dune soapberry is an evergreen, rounded canopy tree which can grow up to 9m tall. It is a dominant species of coastal areas, dune bush, woodlands and along streams in Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Leaves are alternate, compound and large, they are about 300-500 mm long. The leaves either have a few [...]

By |2018-10-11T14:43:46+02:00October 11th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Deinbollia oblongifolia- Dune soapberry- Duineseepbessie

Commiphora marlothii – Paperbark corkwood – Papierbas

Commiphora marlothii is an indigenous tree native to Southern Africa  [Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe] characterised by bark peeling in yellowing papery pieces to expose the green under layer. In the past, the bark of this tree was used by natives as writing paper, this feature brought the common name of paper bark, or papierbas in Afrikaans. [...]

By |2018-07-26T12:31:16+02:00July 26th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Commiphora marlothii – Paperbark corkwood – Papierbas

Pavetta lanceolata – Weeping Bride’s Bush – Treurbruidsbos

Pavetta lanceolata is generally found in the summer rainfall areas of our country. This large shrub or small tree is best known for its masses of flowers and the alternative common name of ‘Christmas bush’ refers to its peak blooming time from November to December. Growing to a height of 5 – 7 m, the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:39+02:00July 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pavetta lanceolata – Weeping Bride’s Bush – Treurbruidsbos

Leucosidea sericea – Oldwood – Ouhout

Indigenous to South Africa, Leucosidea sericea is part of the family Rosaceae (Rose family) and occurs mainly in the eastern and northern parts of South Africa.  The common name ‘Oldwood’ was given as the tree has a gnarled trunk and flaky bark, resembling a very old tree. This is a fast growing, evergreen straggly shrub [...]

By |2018-06-21T16:37:36+02:00June 21st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Leucosidea sericea – Oldwood – Ouhout

Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

One of the most iconic South African aloes, Aloe Marlothii, has started blooming and is providing bright splashes of colour in many areas.  Indigenous to South Africa, this aloe is used extensively in landscaping as it is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance while offering a majestic presence in the garden. The Mountain [...]

By |2018-06-15T09:49:57+02:00June 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

Dombeya burgessiae – Pink Dombeya – Pink Wild Pear

Deciduous to semi-deciduous, Dombeya burgessiae is a hardy, multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree that does extremely well in our summer rainfall areas in South Africa.  It occurs naturally in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo, but is adaptable to other areas. Growing to a height of between 2 to 5 m, with a similar spread, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00June 7th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dombeya burgessiae – Pink Dombeya – Pink Wild Pear

Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

Indigenous to South Africa, the hardy Ehretia rigida is a familiar sight on the N1 north towards Bela Bela where it acts as a security and screening barrier between the lanes. This haphazard looking, deciduous small tree or shrub has tangled droopy branches and an untidy rounded crown which gives it the name of ‘Deurmekaarbos’ [...]

By |2018-05-31T16:05:21+02:00May 31st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septee

The lovely, indigenous Cordia caffra occurs naturally in forest, coastal forest and riverine bush in South Africa.  As a decorative tree, the Septee is a year round eye catcher that does well in an urban environment and it can be used as an avenue specimen. This is a fast growing, small to medium tree which [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00April 5th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septee
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