Liquidambar styraciflua – Sweetgum – Liquidambar – Amberboom

Well known for its colourful autumn foliage (gold, amber, and scarlet red), Liquidambar styraciflua is a deciduous tree native to North America. This beautiful tree has been cultivated all over the world for its stunning foliage and neat, upright growth habit. It was given its genus name ‘Liquidambar’ by Linnaeus from the Latin liquidus and [...]

By |2021-05-02T10:17:49+02:00May 2nd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Liquidambar styraciflua – Sweetgum – Liquidambar – Amberboom

Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti

If you are looking for a classic evergreen for a formal garden, Podocarpus henkelii is an excellent option. The tree has a typical pyramidal shape with branches that are strong enough to hold decorations. This tree can be considered as a substitute for the Christmas tree. P. henkelii grows best in areas with good rainfall [...]

By |2021-02-17T16:21:34+02:00February 17th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s yellowwood – Henkel-se geelhout – UmSonti

Combretum erythrophyllum – River bushwillow – Vaderlandswilg – Umdubu

A beautiful deciduous to semi-deciduous tree with willow-like dense foliage. Combretum erythrophyllum is very hardy, fast growing and can reach a mature height of 5-12m.  Although this tree is found growing naturally along rivers and streams, it can adapt to conditions in most gardens. The distribution of this tree stretches from Limpopo, North West Province, [...]

By |2021-01-20T14:27:48+02:00January 20th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum erythrophyllum – River bushwillow – Vaderlandswilg – Umdubu

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

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

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti tree is a medium sized semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa naturally occurring in low altitude areas. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘speiros’ which means spike as the flowers are in a tight spiral on the spike. This tree can reach a mature height of 7-9m. Leaves are alternate, simple [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:01:50+02:00April 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut

Although mainly cultivated on a commercial scale in South Africa (Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal), Macadamia nut is an exotic tree originating from North Eastern new South Wales and central and South Eastern Queensland. Varieties of Macadamia nut commonly grown in South Africa include Beaumont, Kau, Mauka, Pahala, Makai and Nelmak 2. When growing conditions are [...]

By |2019-01-25T15:40:10+02:00January 25th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Macadamia integrifolia – Macadamia nut – Makadamianeut
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