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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

Vangueria infausta – Wild Medlar – Wilde Mispel

Indigenous to South Africa, Vangueria infausta is a small to medium, deciduous shrub or tree that is found in almost all of our provinces. Growing to a height of between 3 to 7 m, the Wild Medlar is a popular, natural fruit tree that is drought resistant and fairly cold resistant, making it ideal for [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00April 12th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vangueria infausta – Wild Medlar – Wilde Mispel

Rawsonia lucida – Forest peach – Bosperske

The 21st of March marked the annual ‘International Day of Forests’ globally and in this spirit we are looking at Rawsonia lucida, a lesser-known indigenous tree that naturally occurs in semi-arid to moist and humid evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.  Typically found in the Eastern parts of South Africa, this small to medium sized tree forms [...]

By |2018-03-22T12:43:46+02:00March 22nd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rawsonia lucida – Forest peach – Bosperske

Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

The indigenous Combretum bracteosum naturally occurs along the eastern seaboard of Southern Africa, including Kwazulu Natal, Transkei and the Eastern Cape.  Although it thrives in a subtropical, coastal environment, it is adaptive and has been successfully grown on the Highveld. This fast growing, semi-deciduous tree is unique amongst the bush willows in that it does [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00March 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Indigenous to South Africa, Diospyros lycioides is a very hardy, deciduous to evergreen, medium to large shrub that has a variety of applications in your garden. Growing to a height of between 2 to 4 m, with a similar spread, this small tree has four subspecies in our country.  The descriptive name ‘Bluebush’, refers to [...]

By |2018-03-08T12:21:53+02:00March 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Ficus ingens – Red leaved rock fig – Rooiblaarvy

Ficus ingens is an indigenous tree that is found along the eastern region of South Africa, from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo, as well as in Gauteng, North West Province and Mpumalanga.  It grows in various habitats, but prefers rocky outcrops in moist or more temperate conditions. Although ‘ingens’ means large or enormous, the Red [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00February 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus ingens – Red leaved rock fig – Rooiblaarvy

Combretum apiculatum – Red bush willow – Rooiboswilg

The attractive, deciduous Red Bush Willow is native to Africa and will grow in most gardens.   Known for its colourful autumn foliage, this is a lovely shade tree during summer. The Red Bush Willow is a single or multi-stemmed tree that can grow to a height of 3 – 10 m.  The bark is grey [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:16:42+02:00November 2nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum apiculatum – Red bush willow – Rooiboswilg

Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon

Schotia afra is a small, evergreen tree to plant in a small garden.  Growing to a height of between 3 and 5 m, this indigenous specimen has a non-invasive root system that will not interfere with walls and foundations.  In addition, it is not a messy tree, making it ideal for a townhouse garden or [...]

By |2017-10-19T13:12:52+02:00October 19th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Wit stinkhout

Indigenous to South Africa, the White Stinkwood is a wonderful addition to your garden. Celtis africana is a fairly fast growing, very attractive shade tree.  A deciduous tree that usually reaches 12 m in height, it has a dense broad crown in summer that can easily spread up to 10 m. This high branching tree [...]

By |2017-07-20T11:21:40+02:00July 20th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Wit stinkhout

Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom

A fairly rare deciduous tree, Steganotaenia araliacea is indigenous and found in the Southern regions of Africa. It is a small savannah tree, growing to a height of between 2 and 7 m.  Sparsely branched, the tree has a pale grey-green trunk which is very noticeable during the winter months.  The bark is yellow-green to [...]

By |2017-06-22T14:45:11+02:00June 22nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Steganotaenia araliacea – Carrot tree – Geelwortelboom
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