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Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

An attractive small to medium sized tree that can grow as deciduous or evergreen depending on prevailing growing conditions. Although Heteropyxis natalensis now grows in many parts of South Africa, it originated from KwaZulu Natal. When crushed, leaves and twigs of this tree produce a strong lavender smell hence the common name ‘lavender tree.’ In [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:02:13+02:00September 6th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteropyxis natalensis – Lavender tree – Laventelboom

Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo

The nana berry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub indigenous to South Africa, it is a common across Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. This attractive shrub can reach a mature height of 6m when environmental conditions are ideal. Searsia dentata is low branching with a dense rounded canopy. It brings bright autumn colours to [...]

By |2019-07-05T09:51:57+02:00July 5th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Searsia dentata – Nana berry – Nanabessie – Inkolo

Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Scotia afra is a multi-branched evergreen tree or shrub that can grow to a mature height of 5m. It naturally occurs along the banks of dry streams and small rivers in the Little Karoo, the drier areas of Eastern Cape and the southern part of Western Cape. This small waterwise tree has glossy dark green [...]

By |2019-03-01T09:56:53+02:00March 1st, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Scotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karooboerboon – Umqongci

Heteromorpha arborescens – Parsley tree – Wildepietersielie

Indigenous to South Africa, Heteromorpha arborescens is widely distributed throughout the country and is a delightful tree to have in the garden. This striking, deciduous tree provides ample shade in a smaller or townhouse garden, during summer.    The most distinctive feature of the Parsley tree is its bronze, papery smooth bark that curls on itself, [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:40+02:00May 10th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Heteromorpha arborescens – Parsley tree – Wildepietersielie

Portulacaria afra – Porkbush – Spekboom

With the heat of summer and extreme drought conditions over large parts of South Africa, we are focusing on hardy trees that will beautify your garden and cope with severe weather patterns. The porkbush is an attractive succulent plant which is densely branched and leaved.  The compact conformation of the plant makes it ideal for [...]

By |2018-01-18T16:24:01+02:00January 18th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Portulacaria afra – Porkbush – Spekboom

Tarchonanthus camphoratus – Wild Camphor bush – Vaalbos

Summer is truly here and along with the severe heat, we are experiencing serious water issues.  There has never been more need for a hardy, very water wise tree and the Camphor bush has proven to be an ultimate survivor in harsh conditions. This small tree is a moderately fast grower and can reach a [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:49+02:00November 12th, 2015|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Tarchonanthus camphoratus – Wild Camphor bush – Vaalbos
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