Salix caprea – Goat willow – Pussy willow

Known as the Goat willow or Pussy willow, Salix caprea is native to Europe, Western and central Asia. This tree’s species name ‘caprea’ means goat and was derived from the fact that the leaves were used as goat fodder. This small to medium-sized deciduous tree can reach a mature height of about 10m. Salix caprea is characterised with alternate, broadly [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:24:06+02:00February 16th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Salix caprea – Goat willow – Pussy willow

Citrus aurantifolia – Citrus Lime

According to research, Citrus aurantifolia derives from crosses between Citrus papeda as the female parent and Citrus medica as the male parent, whereas Citrus limon is close relative of citron or sour orange. The lime is native to the Indo-Malayan region where it grows wild in the valleys of the Himalayas. Limes are classified into [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:19:26+02:00February 7th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citrus aurantifolia – Citrus Lime

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Dodonaea viscosa is a shrub/small tree native to tropical and subtropical Africa, Australia and India. This evergreen shrub is usually multi-stemmed and normally reaches a mature height between 2-8m tall. In South Africa, it grows well in a wide range of habitats from arid, semi-arid to high rainfall regions and is frost-hardy. Leaves of this tree are hairless, variable [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:35:07+02:00February 2nd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Mutata-vhana

Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos – Mukunda-ndou

Famous for its thick corky bark, Mundulea sericea is an attractive small tree originating from KwaZulu Natal. This tree normally reaches a mature height of 7.5-12m high and is usually single-stemmed with a bushy branched crown. This tree is common in Southern African countries which include Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. Leaves of the Cork bush are unevenly compound, with 4-11 pale green leaflets [...]

By |2022-01-11T14:11:39+02:00November 5th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos – Mukunda-ndou

Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

With Christmas by the corner, now is the time to invest in festive foliage! Ilex aquifolium, commonly called the Common Holly is a densely branched evergreen tree with a pyramidal shape. Although native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, this slow growing tree or shrub is now grown all over the world due to [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:39:12+02:00November 23rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ilex aquifolium – English Holly – Common Holly – Christmas Holly

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

Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

Grewia occidentalis is an evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that can reach a mature height of 10m in its natural habitat where growing conditions are favourable. In gardens, it can reach a mature height of about 3m. This tree is common in a wide variety of habitats from arid Karoo, coastal dune bush to evergreen montane [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:03:55+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

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

Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Tecoma capensis is indigenous to South Africa and perfectly suited to our rugged climate. Fast growing with a scrambling form, Cape honeysuckle may grow up to 2 – 3 m tall and has a spread of approximately 2.5 m. In warmer areas the shrub is evergreen, but it can lose its leaves in colder locations. [...]

By |2019-11-13T08:50:44+02:00November 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tecoma capensis – Cape honeysuckle – Kaapse kanferfoelie

Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Bauhinia tomentosa is a multi-stemmed small tree/shrub characterised with lobed leaves resembling butterfly wings. This tree grows well both under full sun and shade conditions. It is a fast grower, with a growth rate of about 900mm per year. This species of Bauhinia grows from the coastal Eastern Cape and southern Natal to Limpopo and [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:28:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana
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