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Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

Native to South Africa, Olinia emarginata is an attractive, ornamental tree that is normally found in KwaZulu Natal, the Drakensberg and Gauteng. The Mountain Hard Pear is classified as a small to medium sized tree and can grow to a height of 5 to 7 m.  The size of the tree will vary from small [...]

By |2018-07-12T15:56:54+02:00July 12th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olinia emarginata – Mountain Hard Pear – Berghardepeer

Leucosidea sericea – Oldwood – Ouhout

Indigenous to South Africa, Leucosidea sericea is part of the family Rosaceae (Rose family) and occurs mainly in the eastern and northern parts of South Africa.  The common name ‘Oldwood’ was given as the tree has a gnarled trunk and flaky bark, resembling a very old tree. This is a fast growing, evergreen straggly shrub [...]

By |2018-06-21T16:37:36+02:00June 21st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Leucosidea sericea – Oldwood – Ouhout

Dombeya burgessiae – Pink Dombeya – Pink Wild Pear

Deciduous to semi-deciduous, Dombeya burgessiae is a hardy, multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree that does extremely well in our summer rainfall areas in South Africa.  It occurs naturally in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo, but is adaptable to other areas. Growing to a height of between 2 to 5 m, with a similar spread, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00June 7th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dombeya burgessiae – Pink Dombeya – Pink Wild Pear

Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

The colourful, indigenous Peltophorum africanum is a wildlife friendly tree that attracts insects and animals alike throughout the year. Growing to a height of between 5 to 7 m and even higher, the tree, also known as the African Wattle, provides welcome shade during the hot months with its large, acacia-like, feathery leaves.  It has [...]

By |2018-04-26T12:35:20+02:00April 26th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Indigenous to South Africa, the pretty Heteropyxis natalensis is an ideal tree to plant in a more compact garden. Growing to a height of between 4 to 8 m, the tree has a slender, upright form and is semi-deciduous, providing foliage that turn a beautiful reddish, purple colour during autumn.  The leaves are shiny, with [...]

By |2018-04-19T15:04:23+02:00April 19th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

The indigenous Combretum bracteosum naturally occurs along the eastern seaboard of Southern Africa, including Kwazulu Natal, Transkei and the Eastern Cape.  Although it thrives in a subtropical, coastal environment, it is adaptive and has been successfully grown on the Highveld. This fast growing, semi-deciduous tree is unique amongst the bush willows in that it does [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00March 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum bracteosum – Hiccup-nut – Hikklimop

Dais cotinifolia – Pompon tree – Kanabas

One of our best loved indigenous trees, the Dais cotinifolia is an unforgettable sight from November to December when it is covered in a cloud of soft, pink fluff balls.  The new flower buds look like lollipops, with big round heads on thin stems, carried at the end of the branches.  Once the buds burst [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00February 22nd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dais cotinifolia – Pompon tree – Kanabas

Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus avium is an exotic fruit tree that originally hails from South Eastern Europe and Asia.  Known for its delicious fruit and pretty spring blossoms, this tree has a long standing history in South Africa. The first cherry orchard was planted in 1860 near Cape Town, but the main cherry production area today is situated [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00August 10th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus avium – Cherry tree – Kersieboom

Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ – Purple leaf plum – Pers blompruim

Originating from Western Asia, this flowering plum has adapted well to South African conditions. One of the best colour-contrast plants for the garden, this small, deciduous tree produces dense, blackish purple foliage throughout summer and autumn.  It has a moderate growth rate and can grow to a height of 5 m with a similar spread. [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:42+02:00May 27th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ – Purple leaf plum – Pers blompruim

Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boer-bean – Huilboerboon

The indigenous Schotia brachypetala is best known for its dense clusters of showy, red flowers that erupt in spring.  Naturally occurring in the sub-tropical areas of South African, from the Eastern Cape to the Northern Province, the Weeping boer-bean flourishes in warm, frost-free areas with plenty of rain during summer.  In these climates the tree [...]

By |2016-08-31T11:35:24+02:00August 31st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia brachypetala – Weeping boer-bean – Huilboerboon
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