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Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

Native to South Africa, Olinia emarginata is an attractive, ornamental tree that is normally found in KwaZulu Natal, the Drakensberg and Gauteng. The Mountain Hard Pear is classified as a small to medium sized tree and can grow to a height of 5 to 7 m.  The size of the tree will vary from small [...]

By |2018-07-12T15:56:54+02:00July 12th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

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

Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septee

The lovely, indigenous Cordia caffra occurs naturally in forest, coastal forest and riverine bush in South Africa.  As a decorative tree, the Septee is a year round eye catcher that does well in an urban environment and it can be used as an avenue specimen. This is a fast growing, small to medium tree which [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00April 5th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cordia caffra – Septee tree – Septee

Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leaved quince – Breeblaarkweper

Indigenous to South Africa, the broad-leaved wild quince is a medium to large tree, growing up to 20 m tall, with a spreading crown.  Evergreen and known to be a fast grower, this is a specimen that will do well in parks or in large gardens. Cryptocarya latifolia originates from KwaZulu-Natal where it grows in [...]

By |2017-10-06T09:56:28+02:00October 6th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leaved quince – Breeblaarkweper

Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus avium is an exotic fruit tree that originally hails from South Eastern Europe and Asia.  Known for its delicious fruit and pretty spring blossoms, this tree has a long standing history in South Africa. The first cherry orchard was planted in 1860 near Cape Town, but the main cherry production area today is situated [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Syzygium cordatum – Water Berry – Waterbessie

The Water Berry is indigenous to South Africa and occurs naturally along streambanks and forest margins from the Eastern Cape to Kwazulu Natal and further north to Mozambique. A fairly fast grower, this evergreen tree can grow to a height of 8 to 15 m with a spread of up to 6 m. Featured as [...]

By |2017-06-29T15:50:14+02:00June 29th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Syzygium cordatum – Water Berry – Waterbessie

Litchi chinensis – Lychee tree – Lietsjieboom

Native to south-eastern china, the Lychee tree is an evergreen specimen that can grow to a height of 20 m.  Best known for its fleshy fruits that ripen in summer, Lychee trees were imported to South Africa from Mauritius in the early 1870’s. Litchis grow best in subtropical climates with high summer temperatures and low, [...]

By |2017-06-08T13:20:24+02:00June 8th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Litchi chinensis – Lychee tree – Lietsjieboom

Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus – Candlewood – Kershout

Indigenous to South Africa, Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus naturally occurs in a wide variety of habitats across the country.  This is a variable tree that range in size and shape, depending on where it is grown.  In forests it may reach up to 20 m in height with a straight trunk, but more commonly, it is a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00June 1st, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus – Candlewood – Kershout

Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

The Wild olive is regarded as a small fruited subspecies of the commercial olive.  Wind-, drought- and frost–resistant, this evergreen tree can be found in almost every region of South Africa. Although a slow grower, the Wild olive can reach a height of 8 to 9 m.  The tree has a dense, spreading crown of [...]

By |2016-10-25T12:38:54+02:00October 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

Mimusops zeyheri – Transvaal red milkwood – Moepel

Mimusops zeyheri is a semi-hardy, evergreen tree that attracts butterflies and birds to the garden with its flowers and fruit. The tree can range from a low-branching shrub, reaching a height of 2 m, to a tall tree with a wide, dense, rounded crown that can reach a height of 15 m, depending on the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00September 28th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mimusops zeyheri – Transvaal red milkwood – Moepel
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