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Ochna serrulata – Carnival bush – Fynblaarrooihout

The ornamental Ochna serrulata, better known as the Carnival bush, is indigenous to South Africa.  Delightful all year round, this small tree attracts birds and insects while displaying pretty flowers, colourful foliage and interesting fruit. Growing to a height of 1 to 2 m, occasionally higher, Ochna serrulata is evergreen.  Young, spring foliage often has [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00May 18th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ochna serrulata – Carnival bush – Fynblaarrooihout

Rothmannia globosa – September bells – Vals katjiepiering

Indigenous to South Africa, Rothmannia globosa is a small, evergreen tree that adds colour and fragrance to your garden. Growing to a height of +- 5m, it has a tidy, upright growth form and glossy, green foliage.  Aptly named, September bells bears masses of large, sweetly scented blooms during spring.  The flowers are bell-shaped, creamy-white [...]

By |2016-04-28T10:30:50+02:00April 28th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rothmannia globosa – September bells – Vals katjiepiering

Cydonia oblonga – Quince – Kweper

The Quince tree originates from Asia Minor, but has become naturalised to South Africa.  Although the fruit has fallen out of favour during recent years, many of us still carry the memory of quince jelly being served from farmhouse kitchens. A member of the Rosaceae family, this deciduous tree bears a pome fruit, similar in [...]

By |2016-04-20T11:27:29+02:00April 20th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cydonia oblonga – Quince – Kweper

Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik

An exotic tree that is well known for its ability to withstand drought is the Quercus suber. Hailing from the Mediterranean, the Cork oak is a unique and valuable tree species.  Evergreen, unlike most oaks, this is one of the few trees able to regenerate their bark.  The deeply fissured, corky bark can be up [...]

By |2016-02-05T12:25:01+02:00February 5th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus suber – Cork oak – Kurkeik

Celtis sinensis – Chinese Nettle-tree

Often confused with the indigenous Celtis africana, the Chinese Nettle-tree originates from eastern Asia.  Although it has been declared as a Category 3 invasive species in various regions of South Africa, it is still available for sale in Gauteng. Very similar to the White Stinkwood, the tree is deciduous and can reach a height of [...]

By |2015-12-17T10:27:32+02:00December 17th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese Nettle-tree

Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple

This slow growing evergreen tree is an extremely versatile all-rounder.  Growing to a height of 3 – 5 m with a non-aggressive root system, the Kei-apple lends itself to many applications, whether planted on its own, in a border or as a screen.  It can be used as a container tree and is ideal for [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:09:36+02:00December 10th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dovyalis caffra – Kei apple

Dombeya cymosa – Natal wild pear – Natal drolpeer

Dombeya cymosa is a semi-deciduous large shrub or small tree, with a gracefully drooping crown and small, dark green, thinly textured foliage. The leaves turn reddish to yellow during autumn, and the bark of the tree is smooth with a pale whitish to brown colour. Clusters of small, white, sweetly scented flowers are produced from [...]

By |2015-05-12T12:49:15+02:00May 12th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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