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X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Commonly known as Calamondin, X Citrofortunella microcarpa is a small bushy evergreen tree or shrub originating from China or the Philippines. It has a maximum height of around 7m when growing conditions are ideal. This tree is a cross between a mandarin and kumquat, hence the ‘X ‘ preceding the genus name. Leaves and the [...]

By |2020-03-09T16:22:57+02:00March 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on X Citrofortunella microcarpa – Citrus Calamondin

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Diospyros lycioides is a deciduous indigenous tree characterised with an open crown and drooping branches. This tree is normally found growing naturally on rocky habitats, its distribution stretches from Limpopo in the north to KwaZulu-Natal in the south. Depending on the prevailing climatic conditions, the Bluebush can be slow or fast growing reaching a mature [...]

By |2020-02-14T12:51:54+02:00February 14th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Whether grown in containers or in the ground, Plumeria rubra is a fabulous addition to the garden. This tree is native to the Caribbean islands and the mainland of Central America but is now grown all over the world. It can reach a mature height and spread of 3m when growing conditions are conducive. Plumeria [...]

By |2020-02-06T12:37:49+02:00February 6th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Plumeria rubra – Frangipani

Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

The Blue guarri is an evergreen tree or shrub characterised with a dense irregular canopy of blue green foliage. This tree either grows as a single-stemmed small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub, it is common on exposed rocky areas and can reach a mature height of 5m in the Highveld. It is found growing naturally [...]

By |2019-09-27T08:56:12+02:00September 27th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Euclea crispa – Blue guarri – Bloughwarrie – Umgwali

Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Tabernaemontana elegans is a highly attractive small tree or shrub growing to a mature height of 1.5 to 15m depending on the growing conditions. This tree is popular for its warty fruits that resemble the toad’s skin. It is native to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although Tabernaemontana elegans is a common tree of [...]

By |2019-09-13T11:05:37+02:00September 13th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tabernaemontana elegans – Toad tree – laeveldse paddaboom

Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Muputepute

Dodonaea viscosa is a multi-stemmed shrub/small tree named after a Flemish botanist Rembert Dodoens. It is evergreen with a maximum height of 7m. The distribution of the Sand olive stretches from Tropical Africa in the North to the Southern Cape in the South, also throughout the subtropics and tropics of other parts of the world. [...]

By |2019-07-18T12:01:23+02:00July 18th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Dodonaea viscosa var Angustifolia – Sand olive – Sandolien – Muputepute

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

Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Cassinopsis Ilicifolia is an indigenous Southern African shrub widely distributed from Zimbabwe to the Western Cape. This tree is found growing naturally in montane forests, forest margins, densely wooded cliffs and along streams. This thorny shrub is fast growing (up to 800mm per year) and can reach a mature height of 5m. The glossy leaves [...]

By |2019-01-11T11:57:03+02:00January 11th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cassinopsis ilicifolia-Lemon thorn-Lemoentjiedoring -Icegceya – ihlazane

Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

One would think this shrub originates from the Cape due to its common name but in fact, Bauhinia galpinii got its common name from De Kaap valley in Nelspruit Mpumalanga where it is much more wide spread. This plant species can also be found growing naturally in the moist bushveld areas of the country. Bauhinia [...]

By |2018-11-30T11:46:49+02:00November 30th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia galpinii – Pride of De Kaap – Vlam-van-die-Vlakte

Feijoa sellowiana- Fruit salad tree

Feijoa sellowiana is an evergreen multi-stemmed shrub normally grown for its attractive silvery foliage, unusual flowers and tasty fruits. This tree can reach a mature height of 6m when growing conditions are favourable.  Although native to South America, the fruit salad tree is being cultivated all over the world as a fruit or ornamental tree. [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:26:44+02:00September 27th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Feijoa sellowiana- Fruit salad tree
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