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Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Nuxia congesta is a small, evergreen tree or shrub whose specific name ‘congesta’ was derived from the dense bunches of fragrant flowers it produces during the winter season (March to July). Widely distributed from Tropical Africa in the North to Eastern Cape in the South, the common wild elder is normally found growing naturally in [...]

By |2020-11-18T13:13:43+02:00November 18th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier – Isiphofane

Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

The Wild pomegranate is a stunning evergreen shrub characterised with glossy dark green foliage. It occurs naturally along the coastal strip of South Africa. Although this tree is slow growing, it starts flowering while still small. It normally reaches a mature height of 2.5m and spread of 1.5m in gardens. B. bubalina is a neat [...]

By |2020-10-20T13:17:32+02:00October 20th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Burchellia bubalina – Wild pomegranate – Wildegranaat

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

Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn – Mulungwi

A fast growing evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a low branching structure and a narrow crown. The Wild jasmine is a common tree of Eastern and southern Africa (eastern DR Congo, Uganda and Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa). This tree can reach a mature height of 5m and spread of 4m when grown [...]

By |2020-08-26T19:53:36+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schrebera alata – Wild jasmine – Wildejasmyn – Mulungwi

Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe

A must have for a wildlife garden! Kiggelaria africana attracts a wide range of birds, butterflies and insects to the garden. This well shaped and low branched tree is semi-deciduous to evergreen. Its growth habit varies with environmental conditions – from a scrubby bush in arid areas to over twenty metres in a high forest. The Wild [...]

By |2020-08-05T08:45:04+02:00August 5th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom – uMunwe

X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Commonly known as Calamondin, X Citrofortunella microcarpa is a small bushy evergreen tree or shrub originating from China or the Philippines. It has a maximum height of around 7m when growing conditions are ideal. This tree is a cross between a mandarin and kumquat, hence the ‘X ‘ preceding the genus name. Leaves and the [...]

By |2020-03-09T16:22:57+02:00March 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Myrsine africana is a dense multi-stemmed small shrub commonly found growing among rocks or beneath other trees. This slow growing evergreen shrub has an upright growth habit, it can reach a mature height of about 2m when growing conditions are favourable. The distribution of Myrsine africana stretches from the Himalayas, China and the Azores to [...]

By |2020-02-27T14:19:54+02:00February 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Myrsine africana – African boxwood – Vlieebos

Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Whether grown in containers or in the ground, Plumeria rubra is a fabulous addition to the garden. This tree is native to the Caribbean islands and the mainland of Central America but is now grown all over the world. It can reach a mature height and spread of 3m when growing conditions are conducive. Plumeria [...]

By |2020-02-06T12:37:49+02:00February 6th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

The bottle brush aloe is a shrub or tree-like plant well known for its neat habit and low maintenance. It is moderately large and forms a solitary or sparsely branched stem that can reach a mature height of 2m. This plant is often found growing naturally on rocky areas, steep slopes and cliffs. In South [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:30:16+02:00December 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

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
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