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Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ – Purple leaf plum – Pers blompruim

Originating from Western Asia, this flowering plum has adapted well to South African conditions. One of the best colour-contrast plants for the garden, this small, deciduous tree produces dense, blackish purple foliage throughout summer and autumn.  It has a moderate growth rate and can grow to a height of 5 m with a similar spread. [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00May 27th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ – Purple leaf plum – Pers blompruim

Carya illinoinensis – Pecan nut tree

Originating from central and southern United States, Pecan nut trees were first introduced to South Africa around the turn of the 19th/20th century.  Initially planted in the subtropical regions of eastern South Africa, distribution has spread to the more arid areas of the Northern Cape with the Vaalharts region having the most plantings. A deciduous [...]

By |2017-04-26T14:18:53+02:00April 26th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carya illinoinensis – Pecan nut tree

Ekebergia capensis – Cape Ash – Essenhout

The indigenous Cape Ash is a beautiful, tall tree with a lovely canopy.  Usually growing to a height of between 8 to 10 m, the tree is evergreen, but can be semi-deciduous in areas with cold, dry winters. The tree has a spreading crown, up to 8 m wide and the leaves are compound with [...]

By |2017-04-13T11:15:59+02:00April 13th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ekebergia capensis – Cape Ash – Essenhout

Euclea crispa – Blue guarrie – Bloughwarrie

Euclea crispa is a neat upright tree with a dense round canopy of blue green leaves.  Small to medium in size, the tree normally grows to a height of between 2 and 6 m.  Interestingly, it is a member or the Ebony family that has 35 species growing in South Africa.  Distributed throughout South Africa, [...]

By |2017-04-06T13:45:14+02:00April 6th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea crispa – Blue guarrie – Bloughwarrie

Catha edulis – Bushman’s Tea – Boesmanstee – Khat

An interesting, slightly controversial tree, Catha endulis is a lovely small to medium specimen to have in the garden.  Indigenous to South Africa, it occurs from the Eastern Cape northwards to Mpumalanga and the Northern Province and further into Africa. Reminiscent of a eucalyptus from afar, the tree grows to a height of 2 to [...]

By |2017-02-23T12:27:17+02:00February 23rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Catha edulis – Bushman’s Tea – Boesmanstee – Khat

Clausena anisata – Horsewood

An ideal specimen tree for your indigenous, small garden, The Horsewood is often shunned as the crushed leaves have a strong, aniseed-like scent which could be considered by some as unpleasant.  However, the leaves can be used as a substitute for curry leaves in your dishes! The small, evergreen to semi-deciduous tree grows to a [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:50:09+02:00December 14th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Clausena anisata – Horsewood

Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

The beautiful Leopard tree originates from Brazil although despite its deceptively ‘African’ name!  The smooth bark of this tree leads to the common name as it exfoliates easily, but incompletely.  Dark patches are often seen against the light background bringing to mind the spots of the African Leopard. The slender, deciduous Caesalpinia ferrea prefers a [...]

By |2016-11-01T11:25:51+02:00November 1st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom

Faidherbia albida is a truly multi-purpose tree in the African landscape.  Native to the southern and eastern parts of Africa, the Ana tree is used ornamentally, for shade or shelter, fodder for animals or to improve soil quality in a wide range of habitats. The fast growing tree is deciduous and can reach a height [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00October 11th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom

Brachylaena transvaalensis – Forest silver-oak – Bosvaalbos

Indigenous to South Africa, the Brachylaena transvaalensis is a medium to large tree that can naturally be found on the eastern escarpment of South Africa. Growing to a height of 10 – 25 m, the tree is evergreen, although it can be deciduous at times, depending on the location.  The main stem is usually single [...]

By |2016-07-20T12:39:39+02:00July 20th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Brachylaena transvaalensis – Forest silver-oak – Bosvaalbos

Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair tree – Vrouehaarboom

Hailing from China, Ginkgo biloba (also known as the Maidenhair tree because the foliage resembles some of the Maidenhair ferns) is best known for its medicinal qualities.  In addition the tree features a spreading canopy that provides shade and the foliage is highly ornamental. The tree grows fairly slow and can attain a height or [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00June 30th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ginkgo biloba – Maidenhair tree – Vrouehaarboom
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