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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

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

Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

An evergreen to semi-deciduous tree belonging to the Citrus family, Ptaeroxylon obliquum can reach a mature height of 35m under conducive growing conditions. Its distribution stretches from Tanzania in the North to Eastern Cape in South. Leaves of this tree are opposite, evenly compound with dark green asymmetric leaflets. In Autumn, Ptaeroxylon obliquum produces yellow [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:04:34+02:00March 8th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ptaeroxylon obliquum – Sneezewood – Nieshout – Umthathe

Dombeya rotundifolia – wild pear – drolpeer

In its natural habitat, Dombeya rotundifolia is found growing either in clumps or a single tree. The wild pear is a beautiful specimen tree characterised by white pink scented flowers. This tree flowers together with the coral tree, signalling the beginning of Spring. It is deciduous and fast growing, with a growth rate of about 1 - [...]

By |2018-12-13T15:07:05+02:00December 13th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dombeya rotundifolia – wild pear – drolpeer

Ilex mitis- Cape holly – Without

Ilex mitis is a beautiful fast growing evergreen tree which grows well in moist conditions but can also withstand dry conditions. It is believed to be an indicator species for areas with high water table. This tree is widely distributed in different parts of South Africa which include Limpopo, Northwest, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:39+02:00September 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ilex mitis- Cape holly – Without

Magnolia grandiflora – Southern Magnolia

Summer is upon us and the temperature has rocketed!  This week our focus is on the Magnolia grandiflora or Southern magnolia.  Originating from the southern parts of the United States, the exotic Magnolia can be grown in large containers or in larger gardens. This beautiful, rather slow growing, evergreen tree with its leathery leaves and [...]

By |2018-01-11T15:45:21+02:00January 11th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Magnolia grandiflora – Southern Magnolia

Diospyros whyteana – Bladder -nut – Swartbas

Diospyros whyteana is found through most of South Africa and is a multi-functional tree that can be planted in a smaller or large garden.  Growing to a height of approximately 5 m in an urban setting, the tree can reach up to 12 m in the wild. The attractive Bladder-nut is an evergreen shrub or [...]

By |2017-11-30T13:02:10+02:00November 30th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros whyteana – Bladder -nut – Swartbas

Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier

Nuxia congesta, also known as the Brittlewood, is a small, evergreen tree or shrub with attractive, bright green leaves.  Native to South Africa, the tree is best known for its flowers that bloom during autumn and winter from March to July. Quick growing, the tree is multi-trunked with crooked stems and grows to a height [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:10:46+02:00September 25th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Nuxia congesta – Common wild elder – Gewone wildevlier
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