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Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom – umFongothi

Kigelia africana is a semi-deciduous to deciduous tree reaching a mature height of 15 to 20m when growing conditions are favourable. The genus Kigelia has one species  occurring only in Africa. This tree is native to riverbanks, floodplains, open woodlands and savannas from Sub-Saharan central Africa to South Africa. Sausage tree is characterized with a short, light brown trunk [...]

By |2020-09-15T16:31:20+02:00September 15th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom – umFongothi

Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

Grewia occidentalis is an evergreen to semi-deciduous tree that can reach a mature height of 10m in its natural habitat where growing conditions are favourable. In gardens, it can reach a mature height of about 3m. This tree is common in a wide variety of habitats from arid Karoo, coastal dune bush to evergreen montane [...]

By |2020-08-26T20:03:55+02:00August 26th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Grewia occidentalis – Cross-berry – Kruisbessie – umNqabaza

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

Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

The Apple-leaf is a semi-deciduous protected tree of South Africa characterised with an open rounded crown and a flaking bark. Its distribution in Africa stretches from Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania in the North to KwaZulu-Natal in the South. Although this tree occurs on all types of soils, it mainly favours sandy or alluvial [...]

By |2020-01-21T15:19:58+02:00January 21st, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Lavender feverberry is a small tree which either grows as deciduous or semi-deciduous depending on climatic and soil conditions of the area it is growing in. Croton gratissimus is widely distributed in most African countries which include Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, it is a common tree in Maputaland and has a [...]

By |2019-11-22T16:23:41+02:00November 22nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Croton gratissimus – Lavender feverberry –Laventelkoorbessie

Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Formerly Caesalpinea ferrea, Libidibia ferrea got its common name ‘Leopard tree’ from its beautifully marked bark which looks like leopard print. Although it may seem to be an African tree, it is native to Brazil. This tree prefers fertile, well-drained soils and full sun. It is also very hardy and will survive drought conditions and [...]

By |2019-06-28T11:49:38+02:00June 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

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

Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

An evergreen or semi-deciduous tree native to Southern Africa with a distribution stretching from Senegal to South Eastern Africa. Ficus natalensis has a wide spreading crown and can reach a mature height of 30m when growing conditions are conducive. This tree can withstand very dry conditions and is able to tolerate temperatures as low as [...]

By |2019-05-23T15:14:04+02:00May 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus natalensis – Natal fig – umThombe

Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Fiddlewood is a pretty shrub or small tree native to the West Indies but is now grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. This tree is semi-deciduous and keeps some of its foliage all year and will drop some leaves as well. Although fiddlewood favours wet habitats, it has also been found in [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:32:37+02:00May 9th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie

The Tamboti tree is a medium sized semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa naturally occurring in low altitude areas. Its name was derived from the Greek word ‘speiros’ which means spike as the flowers are in a tight spiral on the spike. This tree can reach a mature height of 7-9m. Leaves are alternate, simple [...]

By |2019-04-26T09:01:50+02:00April 26th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Spirostachys africana – Tamboti – Tambotie
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