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Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom

Faidherbia albida is a truly multi-purpose tree in the African landscape.  Native to the southern and eastern parts of Africa, the Ana tree is used ornamentally, for shade or shelter, fodder for animals or to improve soil quality in a wide range of habitats. The fast growing tree is deciduous and can reach a height [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00October 11th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Faidherbia albida – Ana tree – Anaboom

Chamaerops humilis – Mediterranean Fan Palm – Europese Waaierpalm

Native to Europe, Chamaerops humilis grows best in Mediterranean climates where winters are cool and summers hot and dry.  Tough and undemanding, this palm grows to a height of 3 m and has large, fan-shaped fronds which are usually split at the ends. Known as a very variable species, the Mediterranean Fan Palm can range [...]

By |2016-10-04T13:00:42+02:00October 4th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Chamaerops humilis – Mediterranean Fan Palm – Europese Waaierpalm

Mimusops zeyheri – Transvaal red milkwood – Moepel

Mimusops zeyheri is a semi-hardy, evergreen tree that attracts butterflies and birds to the garden with its flowers and fruit. The tree can range from a low-branching shrub, reaching a height of 2 m, to a tall tree with a wide, dense, rounded crown that can reach a height of 15 m, depending on the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00September 28th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mimusops zeyheri – Transvaal red milkwood – Moepel

Apodytes dimidiata – White Pear – Witpeer

Apodytes dimidiata is a charming, bushy, evergreen tree with a neat, well rounded crown, dark green leathery leaves and a striking profusion of sweetly scented trusses of white flowers from September to April. The flowers have an attractive smell to insects which aids in the pollination process.  The distinctive black fruit with a scarlet, fleshy [...]

By |2016-09-21T12:15:13+02:00September 21st, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Apodytes dimidiata – White Pear – Witpeer

Philenoptera violacea – Apple-leaf – Appelblaar

The hardy, medium to large sized Philenoptera violacea is a protected tree in South Africa and is found from the Eastern Cape, through Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga to Limpopo.  Semi-deciduous, the tree can grow to a height of 15 m and has a wide-spreading, open rounded crown. Attractive green-grey leathery leaves appear in spring and the [...]

By |2016-09-07T10:22:30+02:00September 7th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea – Apple-leaf – Appelblaar

Ficus thonningii – Common wild fig – Gewone wurgvy

Indigenous to South Africa, Ficus thonningii is evergreen and can be found in the Eastern Cape spreading north to Botswana and Tanzania.  Fast growing, the tree reaches an average height of 10 to 15 m, but can attain heights of up to 21 m.  The crown is dense and rounded to spreading, making it important [...]

By |2016-08-25T10:47:39+02:00August 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus thonningii – Common wild fig – Gewone wurgvy

Maerua cafra and Maerua angolensis

In South Africa we annually celebrate Arbor week from the 1st to the 7th of September.  To help increase the awareness of just a few of our indigenous trees, two trees – one common and one rare species are highlighted each year. This year the more readily available Ficus thonningii (Common wild fig) and the [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00August 19th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Maerua cafra and Maerua angolensis
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