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Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn

This small tree or scrambling shrub, native to South Africa, is also known as the Wing-leaved wooden pear.  Occurring naturally in the forest margins or bushveld of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal, it attains an average height of 5m with a spread of 4 m, but can grow up to 15 m high under [...]

By |2018-01-25T10:49:08+02:00January 25th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn

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

Gardenia jasminoides – Cape jasmine – Katjiepiering

Known for their intoxicating fragrance and waxy, creamy-white flowers that contrast beautifully with their shiny, dark-green leaves, Gardenias add sensory pleasure to any garden. Gardenia jasminoides, also known as Gardenia grandiflora, is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.  This shrubby, evergreen species grow to a height of between [...]

By |2017-05-13T15:11:01+02:00May 13th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Gardenia jasminoides – Cape jasmine – Katjiepiering

Murraya exotica – Orange jasmine

Originally from India, the evergreen, exotic Orange jasmine is a large shrub that can reach a height of 2.5 m. The dark, glossy leaves contrast sharply with the white, bell-shaped flowers – reminiscent of the jasmine plant. The fragrant blooms are borne in clusters, containing up to eight flowers, at the tips of branches. Flowers [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:50+02:00July 9th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Dombeya cymosa – Natal wild pear – Natal drolpeer

Dombeya cymosa is a semi-deciduous large shrub or small tree, with a gracefully drooping crown and small, dark green, thinly textured foliage. The leaves turn reddish to yellow during autumn, and the bark of the tree is smooth with a pale whitish to brown colour. Clusters of small, white, sweetly scented flowers are produced from [...]

By |2015-05-12T12:49:15+02:00May 12th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Buddleja auriculata – Weeping sage – Treursalie

This week we are looking at the indigenous Buddleja auriculata or Weeping sage.  This small tree or dense shrub can grow to a height of 4 m with a spread of 2 – 4 m.  Low-branching with a graceful, weeping form, the tree is a must for any medium to large garden. The evergreen Weeping [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:07:39+02:00May 7th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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