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Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

A very hardy small to medium sized evergreen tree, Pittosporum viridiflorum makes a good specimen plant in the garden when planted both in full sun or semi-shade conditions. This tree grows over a wide range of altitudes and its growth habit varies from one location to another. It prefers well-drained soils and is reasonably drought [...]

By |2020-10-09T13:06:22+02:00October 9th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pittosporum viridiflorum – Cheesewood – Kasuur – Unfusamvu

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

Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

A hardy evergreen tree with a variable height depending on the area it is growing, Maytenus undata usually exists as a multi-stemmed shrub [2-3m tall] or a single trunked tree that can grow up to 10m. It is a common tree along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often among boulders [...]

By |2019-11-20T10:43:32+02:00November 20th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Maytenus undata – Koko tree – Kokoboom

Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Although it resembles the buffalo thorn, Ziziphus rivularis is a thornless upright tree with dark green leaves. This tree is evergreen to semi-deciduous depending on the prevailing growing conditions. It is fast growing reaching a mature height of 7m. This tree is not endemic to any particular area in South Africa, it occurs in bushveld, [...]

By |2019-11-04T09:35:17+02:00November 4th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ziziphus rivularis – False Buffalo thorn – Valswag-‘n-bietjie – Mukhalu-vhufa

Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

Mundulea sericea is an attractive small tree or shrub well known for its for its interesting corky bark. This tree normally reaches a mature height of 7.5-12m high and is usually single-stemmed with a bushy branched crown. This tree is common in Southern African countries which include Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. In South Africa, it [...]

By |2019-10-28T12:07:18+02:00October 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mundulea sericea – Cork bush – Kurkbos

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

Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

Bauhinia tomentosa is a multi-stemmed small tree/shrub characterised with lobed leaves resembling butterfly wings. This tree grows well both under full sun and shade conditions. It is a fast grower, with a growth rate of about 900mm per year. This species of Bauhinia grows from the coastal Eastern Cape and southern Natal to Limpopo and [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:28:25+02:00August 16th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bauhinia tomentosa – Yellow bauhinia – Geelbeesklou – Isithibathibana

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

Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom

Heteropyxis canescens is a  small tree that can either be semi-deciduous or evergreen tree depending on weather conditions in an area.  It can reach  a mature height of 3 to 8m. This tree is rare as it is only restricted to some parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa and also in Swaziland. This tree is [...]

By |2018-12-05T09:59:31+02:00November 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis canescens – Forest lavender – Boslaventelboom
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