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Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye

A beautiful fast growing evergreen shrub with a wide distribution in South Africa from Swellendam through the Eastern Cape, Free State to KwaZulu Natal and into Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Northern Province. Rhamnus prinoides grows a multi-stemmed, small tree. In the garden, it tends to grow to 3 – 4 m while in its natural habitats [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:13:03+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye

Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Aloe ferox is a beautiful focal plant that will brighten your garden during winter! Commonly known as the bitter aloe Aloe ferox is indigenous to Southern Africa. Its genus name ‘Aloe’ refers to the spiky leaves while the species name ‘ferox’ means fierce. This Aloe is widely distributed in Southern Africa, it is easy to [...]

By |2020-07-03T14:54:24+02:00July 3rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Lebombo cluster-leaf is a stunning medium-sized tree that can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are favourable. This tree belongs to the Bushwillow family, it originates from KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga where it’s found growing naturally on stony hillsides and close to streams. Branches of Terminalia phanerophlebia grow in a horizontal form. [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:13+02:00June 22nd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Betula pendula is a medium sized deciduous tree well known for its slender branches and sparse crown that let sunshine through in winter and light shade in summer. This exotic tree generally reaches a mature height of 8 -12m when growing conditions are ideal. Silver birch is native to Europe where it is normally found [...]

By |2020-01-27T13:26:55+02:00January 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

A hardy evergreen tree with a variable height depending on the area it is growing, Maytenus undata usually exists as a multi-stemmed shrub [2-3m tall] or a single trunked tree that can grow up to 10m. It is a common tree along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often among boulders [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:43:32+02:00November 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

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

Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Cassinopsis Ilicifolia is an indigenous Southern African shrub widely distributed from Zimbabwe to the Western Cape. This tree is found growing naturally in montane forests, forest margins, densely wooded cliffs and along streams. This thorny shrub is fast growing (up to 800mm per year) and can reach a mature height of 5m. The glossy leaves [...]

By |2019-01-11T11:57:03+02:00January 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung

Named after a professor of Botany at Gottigen, Halleria lucida is an evergreen or semi-deciduous tree or shrub that is often multi-stemmed with a spreading crown and a shiny foliage on drooping branches. It is an indigenous tree of Southern Africa which can a mature height of 12m in wetter warmer areas. Tree fuschia is [...]

By |2018-11-16T15:15:56+02:00November 16th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Halleria lucida – Tree fuschia – Notsung

Pappea capensis – Doppruim – Jacket plum

Evergreen to semi-deciduous tree with a spreading rounded crown valued for its longevity. Pappea capensis is widespread in Southern Africa from the Northern Cape through the drier Karoo, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng as well as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northwards into eastern and southern tropical Africa. This tree is found naturally growing in Savanna grasslands as [...]

By |2018-11-02T12:48:09+02:00November 2nd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pappea capensis – Doppruim – Jacket plum
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