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Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Lebombo cluster-leaf is a stunning medium-sized tree that can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are favourable. This tree belongs to the Bushwillow family, it originates from KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga where it’s found growing naturally on stony hillsides and close to streams. Branches of Terminalia phanerophlebia grow in a horizontal form. [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:13+02:00June 22nd, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Terminalia phanerophlebia – Lebombo cluster-leaf – Lebombotrosblaa – Mambonjwane

Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

Winter is only a week away and as such it is time to start planning your transplanting of deciduous trees! Native to South Africa, Celtis africana is a fairly fast-growing shade tree attractive deciduous tree common in both high and low rainfall areas. It usually reaches a mature height of 12 m and a crown [...]

By |2020-05-28T13:14:56+02:00May 28th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis africana – White stinkwood – Witstinkhout – Mpopano

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

Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

An exotic species of the Celtis genus commonly cultivated in South Africa, the handsome Celtis sinensis originates from Eastern Asia and has become naturalised in urban open spaces. This species is found in a wide variety of habitats from riverine forests, to drier inland areas as well as open woodlands. Often confused with White stinkwood, [...]

By |2018-12-06T11:56:56+02:00December 6th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Celtis sinensis – Chinese hackberry – Chinese nettle tree

Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Native to eastern and central America, the exotic Pin Oak is a medium to large tree that has adapted well to our South African conditions.  It can be found along many roadsides and is also prominent features in many of our parks and large gardens. The tree is deciduous and has an attractive, pyramidal shape [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 17th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus palustris – Pin Oak – Moeraseik

Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

The colourful, indigenous Peltophorum africanum is a wildlife friendly tree that attracts insects and animals alike throughout the year. Growing to a height of between 5 to 7 m and even higher, the tree, also known as the African Wattle, provides welcome shade during the hot months with its large, acacia-like, feathery leaves.  It has [...]

By |2018-04-26T12:35:20+02:00April 26th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Peltophorum africanum – Weeping Wattle – Huilboom

Quercus robur – English oak – Akkerboom

Historically, Quercus robur is one of the most well-know of all exotic species in South Africa.  Hailing from Europe, the English oak was one of the first trees to be planted by the early settlers in the Cape region as it was deemed to be suitable for providing wood for wine barrels.  The quality of [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00February 1st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Quercus robur – English oak – Akkerboom

Ceratonia siliqua – Carob tree – Johannesbroodboom

This native of the Mediterranean and Middle East is an exotic tree in South Africa, and is well known for its ability to tolerate dry conditions. Evergreen, Ceratonia siliqua can grow to a height of 8 m with a spread of approximately 5 m, making it a good specimen for a large garden.  The tree [...]

By |2017-07-14T11:55:21+02:00July 14th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ceratonia siliqua – Carob tree – Johannesbroodboom

Trichilia emetica – Natal Mahogany – Rooiessenhout

The magnificent, evergreen Trichilia emetica is best known for its glossy foliage and rounded crown, providing dense, dark shade in gardens and on sidewalks. The single trunk branches low and the tree can grow to a height of 12 m or more with a spread of approximately 10 m.  The leaflets are shiny and dark-green [...]

By |2016-06-15T11:09:31+02:00June 15th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Trichilia emetica – Natal Mahogany – Rooiessenhout
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