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Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye

A beautiful fast growing evergreen shrub with a wide distribution in South Africa from Swellendam through the Eastern Cape, Free State to KwaZulu Natal and into Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Northern Province. Rhamnus prinoides grows a multi-stemmed, small tree. In the garden, it tends to grow to 3 – 4 m while in its natural habitats [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:13:03+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rhamnus prinoides – Dogwood – Blinkblaar – umHlinye

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

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

Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Indigofera frutescens is an evergreen shrub originating from the Western Cape. It can grow both in full sun and partial shade conditions. When growing conditions are conducive, the Rive indigo can reach a mature height of 4m and crown spread of 3m. This shrub is often found growing naturally on mountain sides. It is frost [...]

By |2019-06-03T11:55:45+02:00June 3rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Indigofera frutescens – River indigo – Rivierverfbos

Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

The false olive is a very hardy evergreen tree characterised with a much-branched crown and drooping branches. Its distribution stretches from the Western Cape in South Africa to Zimbabwe. Buddleja saligna is a common tree in dry, deciduous woodlands especially along drainage lines. It is classified as a small tree which can reach a mature [...]

By |2019-05-20T10:09:44+02:00May 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja saligna – False olive – Witolienhout

Grewia occidentalis – Cross berry – Kruisbessie

Indigenous to South Africa, naturally found in a wide variety of habitats, the Cross berry is named after the shape of the berry which consists of four distinctive lobes. Evergreen to semi-deciduous, depending on the climate, Grewia occidentalis is a scrambling shrub or small tree, reaching about 3 m in height.  The tree has shiny, [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:23:31+02:00July 5th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Grewia occidentalis – Cross berry – Kruisbessie

Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

One of the most iconic South African aloes, Aloe Marlothii, has started blooming and is providing bright splashes of colour in many areas.  Indigenous to South Africa, this aloe is used extensively in landscaping as it is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance while offering a majestic presence in the garden. The Mountain [...]

By |2018-06-15T09:49:57+02:00June 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Do you remember opening a pomegranate and finding the beautiful, reddish seeds glistening in the sun?  Pomegranate trees used to be quite common in older gardens, but fell out of favour through time.  With the advent of sustainable and productive gardening, pomegranates have become popular again and many varieties are currently available to add to [...]

By |2018-05-03T14:16:54+02:00May 3rd, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Punica granatum – Pomegranate tree – Granaat boom

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Indigenous to South Africa, Diospyros lycioides is a very hardy, deciduous to evergreen, medium to large shrub that has a variety of applications in your garden. Growing to a height of between 2 to 4 m, with a similar spread, this small tree has four subspecies in our country.  The descriptive name ‘Bluebush’, refers to [...]

By |2018-03-08T12:21:53+02:00March 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Searsia lancea – Karee

A versatile, low maintenance tree, the Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree in our harsh South African climate.  Growing to a height of between 7 and 8 m, with a similar spread, the tree is evergreen providing shade in the hot summers. This single stemmed, low branching [...]

By |2017-12-08T09:52:05+02:00December 8th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee
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