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Bougainvillea

The popular Bougainvillea originated from South America, but these shrubs thrive throughout the world and can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions.  There are dozens of cultivars available, with different coloured flowers, a number of double varieties and some plants have variegated leaves. Best known for its colourful display, the plants can have shades [...]

By |2017-05-04T12:57:59+02:00May 4th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Bougainvillea

Vachellia tortilis – Umbrella thorn – Haal-en-steek

Previously known as the Acacia tortilis, the Umbrella thorn is an extremely drought resistant tree that occurs naturally throughout South Africa.  It has the classic, umbrella-shaped canopy associated with thorn trees and features in many images of the African landscape. Reaching a height of 3 – 5 m and even up to 20 m in [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00May 4th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia tortilis – Umbrella thorn – Haal-en-steek

Carissa macrocarpa – Natal plum – Big num-num – Grootnoem-noem

The ornamental, evergreen Carissa macrocarpa is indigenous to South Africa, naturally occurring in bush and forests along our coastline.  This versatile shrub that reaches up to 4 m in height can be trimmed to form a hedge or shaped into a small tree. The leaves are glossy and provide the perfect backdrop for the starry [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 5th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Carissa macrocarpa – Natal plum – Big num-num – Grootnoem-noem
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