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Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

A very hardy small to medium sized evergreen tree, Pittosporum viridiflorum makes a good specimen plant in the garden when planted both in full sun or semi-shade conditions. This tree grows over a wide range of altitudes and its growth habit varies from one location to another. It prefers well-drained soils and is reasonably drought [...]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:22+02:00October 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

Searsia pyroides – Common wild currant – Gewone taaibos

The common wild currant is a small to medium sized deciduous tree regarded as one of the most widely distributed indigenous trees of South Africa. It grows well in both high altitude and low altitude areas. The mature height of this tree depends on the climate it is growing in. This low branching, multi-stemmed shrub [...]

By |2019-03-29T12:30:03+02:00March 29th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia pyroides – Common wild currant – Gewone taaibos

Grewia occidentalis – Cross berry – Kruisbessie

Indigenous to South Africa, naturally found in a wide variety of habitats, the Cross berry is named after the shape of the berry which consists of four distinctive lobes. Evergreen to semi-deciduous, depending on the climate, Grewia occidentalis is a scrambling shrub or small tree, reaching about 3 m in height.  The tree has shiny, [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:23:31+02:00July 5th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Grewia occidentalis – Cross berry – Kruisbessie

Searsia leptodictya – Mountain Karee – Bergkaree

Indigenous to South Africa, Searsia leptodictya occurs naturally in all the northern provinces of our country.  Usually described as a large shrub or smallish tree, the Mountain Karee generally grows to a height of 3 to 4 m, but has been known to reach 9 m under ideal conditions. This is an essential tree if [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:39+02:00June 28th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia leptodictya – Mountain Karee – Bergkaree

Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees used to be quite common in older gardens, but fell out of favour through time.  With the advent of sustainable and productive gardening, pomegranates have become popular again and many varieties are currently available to add to [...]

By |2018-05-03T14:16:54+02:00May 3rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Indigenous to South Africa, the pretty Heteropyxis natalensis is an ideal tree to plant in a more compact garden. Growing to a height of between 4 to 8 m, the tree has a slender, upright form and is semi-deciduous, providing foliage that turn a beautiful reddish, purple colour during autumn.  The leaves are shiny, with [...]

By |2018-04-19T15:04:23+02:00April 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

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

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Indigenous to South Africa, Diospyros lycioides is a very hardy, deciduous to evergreen, medium to large shrub that has a variety of applications in your garden. Growing to a height of between 2 to 4 m, with a similar spread, this small tree has four subspecies in our country.  The descriptive name ‘Bluebush’, refers to [...]

By |2018-03-08T12:21:53+02:00March 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Portulacaria afra – Porkbush – Spekboom

With the heat of summer and extreme drought conditions over large parts of South Africa, we are focusing on hardy trees that will beautify your garden and cope with severe weather patterns. The porkbush is an attractive succulent plant which is densely branched and leaved.  The compact conformation of the plant makes it ideal for [...]

By |2018-01-18T16:24:01+02:00January 18th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Portulacaria afra – Porkbush – Spekboom

Searsia lancea – Karee

A versatile, low maintenance tree, the Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree in our harsh South African climate.  Growing to a height of between 7 and 8 m, with a similar spread, the tree is evergreen providing shade in the hot summers. This single stemmed, low branching [...]

By |2017-12-08T09:52:05+02:00December 8th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee
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