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Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom – umFongothi

Kigelia africana is a semi-deciduous to deciduous tree reaching a mature height of 15 to 20m when growing conditions are favourable. The genus Kigelia has one species  occurring only in Africa. This tree is native to riverbanks, floodplains, open woodlands and savannas from Sub-Saharan central Africa to South Africa. Sausage tree is characterized with a short, light brown trunk [...]

By |2020-09-15T16:31:20+02:00September 15th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom – umFongothi

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

Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

An exotic species of the Celtis genus commonly cultivated in South Africa, the handsome Celtis sinensis originates from Eastern Asia and has become naturalised in urban open spaces. This species is found in a wide variety of habitats from riverine forests, to drier inland areas as well as open woodlands. Often confused with White stinkwood, [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:56:56+02:00December 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

Encephalartos altensteinii- Eastern Cape Cycad- oos-kaapse broodboom

Also known as the bread tree, Encephalartos altensteinii is indigenous to South Africa and is a prevalent species in eastern Cape and south-western Natal provinces especially near-coastal sites ranging from open shrubland steep rocky slopes to closed evergreen forests in valleys. Although Encephalartos altensteinii resembles Encephalartos natalensis and Encephalartos lebomboensis, these three species are differentiated [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:01:26+02:00October 4th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Encephalartos altensteinii- Eastern Cape Cycad- oos-kaapse broodboom
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