Prunus armeniaca – Apricot

The exact origin of the Apricot is unknown however, it is believed to have come from northern and western China, central Asia, Japan and Korea. Its scientific name Prunus armeniaca indicates that this tree was historically cultivated in Armenia for centuries before it was spread by the Romans to European countries. While this fruit is produced [...]

By |2022-06-17T14:19:25+02:00June 17th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Prunus armeniaca – Apricot

Virgilia oroboides – Kuerboom

Virgilia oroboides is a small, evergreen tree with a sparse crown that is usually narrow but can be spreading, especially with age. It usually reaches a mature height of 5 - 15 metres. Although V. oroboides is fast-growing [ attaining up to 1.3 m in a year] it is also short-lived, however, its average lifespan ranges from [...]

By |2022-06-10T12:25:20+02:00June 3rd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Virgilia oroboides – Kuerboom

Bersama lucens – Glossy white ash – Blinkblaarwitessenhout – isiNdiyandiya

Bersama lucens is an uncommon small to medium sized tree characterised with shiny, leathery, thick and dark green leaves. This tree naturally occurs in swamps, coastal forests and high inland forests from north eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and eastern Gauteng. It is a slow grower and can reach a mature height of 3 to 10m [...]

By |2022-04-11T11:43:18+02:00April 11th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bersama lucens – Glossy white ash – Blinkblaarwitessenhout – isiNdiyandiya

Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

The Karee is low maintenance evergreen tree with a loose rounded crown. On higher altitudes, it is found growing naturally along rivers and streams. On lower altitudes, this tree can grow in open grassland plains where there is sufficient moisture. The Karee can adapt to a variety of planting scenarios making it an ideal tree [...]

By |2022-04-01T12:09:22+02:00April 1st, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia lancea – Karee – Rooikaree – Mosinabele

Combretum erythrophyllum – Rooiblaar – Umdubu

Well known for its spectacular red autumn colours, Combretum erythrophyllum is a deciduous to semi-deciduous indigenous tree of South Africa. The tree is fast growing, reaching a height of 4-6m in three years when growing conditions are conducive. Its distribution stretches from Zimbabwe in the north to Eastern Cape in the South. Although this tree is usually found growing naturally along rivers and [...]

By |2022-04-01T11:47:07+02:00March 25th, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Combretum erythrophyllum – Rooiblaar – Umdubu

Anthocleista grandiflora – Forest-fever tree – Boskoorsboom – Mophala

Anthocleista grandiflora is an evergreen striking tree with a tall straight trunk topped with a crown of huge leaves. This medium to tall tree can reach a mature height of 5 to 35m and is characterised with slender, straight, smooth, light grey or brown trunk, branching high up the trunk. Anthocleista grandiflora is the only species found in southern Africa. This species is called [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:44:06+02:00February 23rd, 2022|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Anthocleista grandiflora – Forest-fever tree – Boskoorsboom – Mophala

Rawsonia lucida – Forest peach – Bosperske – iThambo

A very beautiful shrub or small evergreen tree with spreading, drooping branches. Rawsonia lucida occurs naturally in the coastal areas of Eastern Cape and Natal, slopes of the Transvaal Drakensberg and in the northern Transvaal, Swaziland and tropical Africa. Although this tree is normally found on medium altitude areas and montane forests, it sometimes occurs in bushveld, lowland areas. [...]

By |2021-12-08T14:55:25+02:00October 28th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Rawsonia lucida – Forest peach – Bosperske – iThambo

Catha edulis – Bushman’s tea – Khat – Igqwaka

The Bushman’s tea is an evergreen to semi-deciduous tree with a slender and upright canopy resembling the blue-gum tree from a distance. This shrub to small tree can reach a mature height of 10m when growing conditions are ideal. The leaves of this tree were used in teas by the Bushmen hence the common name Bushman’s tea. Leaves are simple, opposite and elliptic [...]

By |2022-01-12T16:04:29+02:00September 3rd, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Catha edulis – Bushman’s tea – Khat – Igqwaka

Vachellia karoo – Sweet thorn – Soetdoring – Umunga

As we get ready for spring tree planting we would like to remind each other that the Arbor month [September] is around the corner and our Tree of the Year is the Sweet thorn [Vachellia karoo]. Vachellia karoo is one of the most beautiful and versatile indigenous trees of South Africa. It has a life [...]

By |2021-12-08T15:46:11+02:00August 13th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia karoo – Sweet thorn – Soetdoring – Umunga

Platanus x acerifolia – London Plane

It is believed that the London Plane tree has resulted from a cross between the Oriental plane tree (P. orientalis) and the American sycamore (P. occidentalis). The exact details of the tree’s origin have been lost over time, however, it was discovered that this hybrid could tolerate the smoke of London. As a result, it [...]

By |2021-05-27T07:31:26+02:00May 27th, 2021|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Platanus x acerifolia – London Plane
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