Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

A beautiful large tree characterized with lush foliage and red berries which attract wildlife to the garden. Although classified as evergreen, the Cape Ash can be briefly deciduous in cold dry winters. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga to the Limpopo Provinces. The Cape ash has a spreading [...]

By |2021-03-21T21:59:02+02:00March 21st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate. Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m. In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves in colder locations. [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:50:44+02:00November 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Although it resembles the buffalo thorn, Ziziphus rivularis is a thornless upright tree with dark green leaves. This tree is evergreen to semi-deciduous depending on the prevailing growing conditions. It is fast growing reaching a mature height of 7m. This tree is not endemic to any particular area in South Africa, it occurs in bushveld, [...]

By |2019-11-04T09:35:17+02:00November 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Ficus abutilifolia is a deciduous tree of South Africa with a spreading round crown and roots which often grow over rocks. The distribution of this tree stretches from Tanzania in the North to Kwa-Zulu Natal in the South. It has a moderate growth rate and can reach a mature height of 10m. F. abutilifolia can [...]

By |2019-04-23T09:08:17+02:00April 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Spathodea campanulata is a semi-evergreen tree originating from West Africa. This tree has spectacular trumpet flowers and is everblooming. It is normally found growing naturally around gullies and along footpaths. African tulip tree has an oval crown; its mature height ranges from 10 - 35 metres. The leaves of this fast-growing tree are about 20cm [...]

By |2019-04-12T11:11:24+02:00April 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spathodea campanulata – African tulip tree – Flame of the forest

Greyia radlkoferi – Transvaal bottlebrush – Inhlazane

Greyia radlkoferi is a deciduous tree growing up to 7m tall with an open canopy and gnarled stems and branches. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Limpopo Province in the North to KwaZulu Natal in the South. This tree is found growing naturally in deep channels along streambanks, bordering evergreen forests and among rocks. [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:33:17+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Greyia radlkoferi – Transvaal bottlebrush – Inhlazane

Afzelia quanzensis – peulmahonie – pod mahogany

A protected tree indigenous to South Africa characterised by a spreading flat crown. Afzelia quanzensis occurs from Somalia in the north to Kwazulu Natal in the South. This tree is found growing naturally in low-lying woodlands, dry deciduous or sandveld forests, dense bushlands, around lake basins or at edges of dry evergreen forests. It is [...]

By |2018-10-19T12:28:06+02:00October 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Afzelia quanzensis – peulmahonie – pod mahogany
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