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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

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

Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Betula pendula is a medium sized deciduous tree well known for its slender branches and sparse crown that let sunshine through in winter and light shade in summer. This exotic tree generally reaches a mature height of 8 -12m when growing conditions are ideal. Silver birch is native to Europe where it is normally found [...]

By |2020-01-27T13:26:55+02:00January 27th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Betula pendula ‘alba’- Silver birch – Silwerberk

Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Tabernaemontana elegans is a highly attractive small tree or shrub growing to a mature height of 1.5 to 15m depending on the growing conditions. This tree is popular for its warty fruits that resemble the toad’s skin. It is native to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although Tabernaemontana elegans is a common tree of [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:05:37+02:00September 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

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

Combretum molle – Velvet bushwillow – Fluweelboswilg – umBondwe-omhlope

Native to areas which receive summer rainfall, the velvet bushwillow is a single trunked tree characterised with spreading branches that form a moderately dense, rounded to irregular canopy. Its distribution in South Africa stretches from Free State to the North-west province, this tree is often found growing naturally on open woodlands and in bushvelds. This [...]

By |2019-06-14T12:08:52+02:00June 14th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum molle – Velvet bushwillow – Fluweelboswilg – umBondwe-omhlope

Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

The false olive is a very hardy evergreen tree characterised with a much-branched crown and drooping branches. Its distribution stretches from the Western Cape in South Africa to Zimbabwe. Buddleja saligna is a common tree in dry, deciduous woodlands especially along drainage lines. It is classified as a small tree which can reach a mature [...]

By |2019-05-20T10:09:44+02:00May 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

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

Oncoba spinosa – Snuifkalbassie – Snuff – box tree

Well known for the snuff boxes that can be made from its hard-shelled fruit, Oncoba spinosa is a semi-deciduous medicinal tree or shrub that occurs naturally in the north-eastern part of South Africa, primarily in Mpumalanga and further north along the Zambezi River. It is a slow-growing tree that varies in habit from a shrub, growing to [...]

By |2018-08-23T12:44:40+02:00August 23rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Oncoba spinosa – Snuifkalbassie – Snuff – box tree
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