Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

Calpurnia aurea is an indigenous semi-evergreen to evergreen tree named after T. Julius Calpurnius, a Latin poet, Aurea refers to the flower colour. Although this summer flowering tree can reach a mature height of about 10m in the wild if growing conditions are favourable, it normally grows to a height of 2 to 4m in [...]

By |2021-02-05T15:24:56+02:00February 5th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Calpurnia aurea – Wild laburnum – Geelkeurboom – Umkhiphampethu

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

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

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

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
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