Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Senegalia caffra is an indigenous tree of South Africa whose genus name ‘Senegalia’ was derived from Senegal [the West African country] and ‘caffra’ from Kaffraria, the former name for South Africa. Though it’s cultivated in other parts of South Africa, Senegalia caffra often occurs naturally in Gauteng’s suburb gardens, together with Vachellia karoo and Vachellia robusta. This tree is well [...]

By |2021-05-02T10:08:04+02:00May 2nd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Senegalia caffra – Common hook thorn – Katdoring – Motholo

Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

A beautiful large tree characterized with lush foliage and red berries which attract wildlife to the garden. Although classified as evergreen, the Cape Ash can be briefly deciduous in cold dry winters. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga to the Limpopo Provinces. The Cape ash has a spreading [...]

By |2021-03-21T21:59:02+02:00March 21st, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ekebergia capensis – Cape ash – Essenhout – Umnyamatsi

Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

A hardy fast growing evergreen tree with an upright crown and corky bark. Rauvolfia caffra was named after Leonhart Rauwolf of Augsburg, a 16th century medical doctor and collector of medicinal plants; caffra refers to Kaffraria [now the Eastern Cape]. Although this tree can grow up to 30m in the natural habitat, when planted in [...]

By |2020-10-30T14:51:36+02:00October 30th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rauvolfia caffra – Quinine tree – Kinaboom – Monadi

Combretum kraussii – Forest bushwillow – Bosvaderlandswilg – Umdubu-wehlathi

The handsome Forest bushwillow is a hardy semi-deciduous tree with glossy dark green foliage that turns vivid red and purple in autumn. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo to Mpumalanga. This fast growing tree is classified as a medium to large tree and reaches a mature height of 4 to [...]

By |2020-10-27T16:26:21+02:00October 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum kraussii – Forest bushwillow – Bosvaderlandswilg – Umdubu-wehlathi

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

Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Aloe ferox is a beautiful focal plant that will brighten your garden during winter! Commonly known as the bitter aloe Aloe ferox is indigenous to Southern Africa. Its genus name ‘Aloe’ refers to the spiky leaves while the species name ‘ferox’ means fierce. This Aloe is widely distributed in Southern Africa, it is easy to [...]

By |2020-07-03T14:54:24+02:00July 3rd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe ferox – Bitter aloe – Bergaalwyn – iKhala

Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Lebombo cluster-leaf is a stunning medium-sized tree that can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are favourable. This tree belongs to the Bushwillow family, it originates from KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga where it’s found growing naturally on stony hillsides and close to streams. Branches of Terminalia phanerophlebia grow in a horizontal form. [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:13+02:00June 22nd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leafed quince – Breeblaarkweper – Umthugwa

Cryptocarya latifolia is an evergreen medium sized tree characterised with a round dense crown. This tree can reach a mature height of 16m when growing conditions are ideal. The broad-leafed quince originates from KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape where it grows in evergreen forests along riverbanks. This tree has a grey-brown bark with smooth fine [...]

By |2020-06-12T15:30:22+02:00June 12th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leafed quince – Breeblaarkweper – Umthugwa
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