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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

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

An attractive small to medium sized tree that can grow as deciduous or evergreen depending on prevailing growing conditions. Although Heteropyxis natalensis now grows in many parts of South Africa, it originated from KwaZulu Natal. When crushed, leaves and twigs of this tree produce a strong lavender smell hence the common name ‘lavender tree.’ In [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:02:13+02:00September 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

The September bush is an evergreen glossy leafed shrub which bears large quantities of pink pear-shaped flowers throughout the year. It is a low maintenance waterwise plant that can grow both in full sun and under semi-shade conditions. It is indigenous to South Africa and its distribution stretches from Zululand in the north to Western [...]

By |2019-06-20T13:08:15+02:00June 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Polygala myrtifolia – September bush – Septemberbossie

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

Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

Indigenous to South Africa and other countries like Arabia, Madagascar and India, Pittosporum vidiflorum is an evergreen tree characterised with a dense roundish upright crown. In South Africa, this tree has a widespread distribution on the Highveld and Eastern parts of the country. This tree has the potential of reaching 30m when growing in a [...]

By |2019-01-18T14:57:31+02:00January 18th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum vidiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Umphushamvu

Combretum kraussii-forest bushwillow-bosvaderlandswilg

Classified as evergreen or semi-deciduous, Combretum kraussii is a fast-growing tree reaching a mature height of 4 to 10m. Its distribution stretches from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo to Mpumalanga. This tree is found growing naturally on rocky hillsides, evergreen forests, wooded valleys, open woodlands and also on mountain grasslands. The forest bush willow is well [...]

By |2018-09-19T19:34:14+02:00September 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum kraussii-forest bushwillow-bosvaderlandswilg

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Nuxia congesta is a small, evergreen tree or shrub whose specific name ‘congesta’ was derived from the dense bunches of fragrant flowers it produces during the winter season (March to July). Widely distributed from Tropical Africa in the North to Eastern Cape in the South, the common wild elder is normally found growing naturally in [...]

By |2018-09-13T12:30:26+02:00September 13th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier
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