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Cassinopsis ilicifolia – Lemoentjiedoring – Lemon thorn

The lemon thorn tree is a decorative hardy evergreen small tree or shrub with a much-branched crown, this tree can reach a mature height of up to 5m. Its distribution stretches from Zimbabwe in the North to Western Cape in the South. This tree is found growing naturally on forest margins and along streams. This [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:37:17+02:00October 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia – Lemoentjiedoring – Lemon thorn

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

Curtisia dentata – Assegaaihout – Dogwood – Assegai

A medium to large tree evergreen tree with striking foliage that looks lovely throughout the year, Curtisia dentata is the only tree native to Southern Africa in the Cornaceae family. It is found growing naturally on rocky outcrops. This tree is familiar for its decorative white fruit that hangs like small bells during winter. It [...]

By |2019-07-12T16:23:11+02:00July 12th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Curtisia dentata – Assegaaihout – Dogwood – Assegai

Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

The September bush is an evergreen glossy leafed shrub which bears large quantities of pink pear-shaped flowers throughout the year. It is a low maintenance waterwise plant that can grow both in full sun and under semi-shade conditions. It is indigenous to South Africa and its distribution stretches from Zululand in the north to Western [...]

By |2019-06-20T13:08:15+02:00June 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout

A low growing evergreen tree rarely found with a straight trunk. Sideroxylon inerme is an indigenous tree of South Africa naturally found growing in coastal areas from Cape Peninsula to the northern Zululand. S. inerme got its common name (white milkwood) from the milky latex it produces which in turn discourage animals from browsing this [...]

By |2019-05-06T10:44:12+02:00May 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Sideroxylon inerme – white milkwood – melkhout

Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Scotia afra is a multi-branched evergreen tree or shrub that can grow to a mature height of 5m. It naturally occurs along the banks of dry streams and small rivers in the Little Karoo, the drier areas of Eastern Cape and the southern part of Western Cape. This small waterwise tree has glossy dark green [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:56:53+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo

Dovyalis caffra is a thorny evergreen tree or shrub with a moderate growth rate and usually reaching a mature height of 3 to 5m. This tree is found growing naturally in open bushes, wooded grasslands and Acacia woodlands. It is widely distributed all over Southern Africa. The leaves of Kei apple are glossy and oval [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:58:42+02:00February 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple – Kei-appel – IsiZulu: umqokolo

Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

Indigenous to South Africa and other countries like Arabia, Madagascar and India, Pittosporum vidiflorum is an evergreen tree characterised with a dense roundish upright crown. In South Africa, this tree has a widespread distribution on the Highveld and Eastern parts of the country. This tree has the potential of reaching 30m when growing in a [...]

By |2019-01-18T14:57:31+02:00January 18th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

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

Anastrabe integerrima – Pambati tree – pambatieboom

The Pambati tree is fast growing multi-stemmed evergreen shrub endemic to Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Its genus name Anastrabe was derived from the Greek words ‘ana’ which means back again and ‘strabos’ which means distorted; this refers to the male parts of the flower that are not of the same size with the larger [...]

By |2018-08-30T13:52:34+02:00August 30th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Anastrabe integerrima – Pambati tree – pambatieboom
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