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Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Native to eastern and central America, the exotic Pin Oak is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions.  It can be found along many roadsides and is also prominent features in many of our parks and large gardens. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 17th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Breonadia salicina – Matumi tree – Mingerhout

Mingerhout is the Afrikaans word for the Matumi tree, also known as the ‘Woodworkers Friend’.  The wood is hard and heavy with beautiful yellow to light brown colours, which lends itself to the making of fine furniture.  Because of the popularity of the wood for manufacturing purposes, the Matumi is now a protected tree in [...]

By |2018-02-08T14:29:14+02:00February 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Breonadia salicina – Matumi tree – Mingerhout

Carya illinoinensis – Pecan nut tree

Originating from central and southern United States, Pecan nut trees were first introduced to South Africa around the turn of the 19th/20th century.  Initially planted in the subtropical regions of eastern South Africa, distribution has spread to the more arid areas of the Northern Cape with the Vaalharts region having the most plantings. A deciduous [...]

By |2017-04-26T14:18:53+02:00April 26th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carya illinoinensis – Pecan nut tree

Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim

One of the largest tree species indigenous to South Africa, the Wild plum is known as a forest giant in the forests of KZN and the Eastern Cape.  The tree is often used in city parks and as a street tree in our coastal cities as it is evergreen and provides adequate shade. Growing to [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:44+02:00January 13th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Harpephyllum caffrum – Wild plum – Wildepruim

Acacia erioloba – Camel thorn – Kameeldoring

Currently, South Africa is suffering from severe drought conditions and measures have been put in place all over the country to save water.  In this light we are focusing our attention on drought resistant trees. Trees that can tolerate dry conditions generally have certain characteristics that help them to survive long waterless periods.  Species with [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00January 7th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Acacia erioloba – Camel thorn – Kameeldoring

Cedrus deodara – Himalayan cedar

Native to the Himalayas, small potted specimens of Cedrus deodara are often used as Christmas trees in South African homes.  In nature, the cedar can reach a height of up to 24 m with a spread of approximately 10 m.  Suitable for large gardens, it also makes an ideal avenue tree or can act as [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 26th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cedrus deodara – Himalayan cedar
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