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Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

Indigenous to South Africa, the hardy Ehretia rigida is a familiar sight on the N1 north towards Bela Bela where it acts as a security and screening barrier between the lanes. This haphazard looking, deciduous small tree or shrub has tangled droopy branches and an untidy rounded crown which gives it the name of ‘Deurmekaarbos’ [...]

By |2018-05-31T16:05:21+02:00May 31st, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ehretia rigida – Puzzle bush – Deurmekaarbos

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

Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Indigenous to South Africa, Diospyros lycioides is a very hardy, deciduous to evergreen, medium to large shrub that has a variety of applications in your garden. Growing to a height of between 2 to 4 m, with a similar spread, this small tree has four subspecies in our country.  The descriptive name ‘Bluebush’, refers to [...]

By |2018-03-08T12:21:53+02:00March 8th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Diospyros lycioides – Bluebush – Bloubos

Ficus ingens – Red leaved rock fig – Rooiblaarvy

Ficus ingens is an indigenous tree that is found along the eastern region of South Africa, from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo, as well as in Gauteng, North West Province and Mpumalanga.  It grows in various habitats, but prefers rocky outcrops in moist or more temperate conditions. Although ‘ingens’ means large or enormous, the Red [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:41+02:00February 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus ingens – Red leaved rock fig – Rooiblaarvy

Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

The Wild olive is regarded as a small fruited subspecies of the commercial olive.  Wind-, drought- and frost–resistant, this evergreen tree can be found in almost every region of South Africa. Although a slow grower, the Wild olive can reach a height of 8 to 9 m.  The tree has a dense, spreading crown of [...]

By |2016-10-25T12:38:54+02:00October 25th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp. Africana – Wild Olive – Olienhout

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

Teclea gerrardii – Flaky Cherry-orange – Skilfer Kersie-lemoen

The uncommon Teclea gerrardii is predominantly found in Kwa-Zulu Natal, but can be spotted from the Eastern Cape to the southern Mozambique.  Also known as the Zulu cherry-orange, the tree is evergreen and the fruit very attractive to birds and other wildlife. A small to medium sized tree, the Teclea gerrardii grows to a height [...]

By |2016-04-13T12:49:33+02:00March 16th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Teclea gerrardii – Flaky Cherry-orange – Skilfer Kersie-lemoen

Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom

One of our best indigenous ‘wildlife’ trees for gardens is the Kiggelaria africana.  Attracting butterflies, insects and birds, this evergreen to semi-deciduous tree makes a great shade tree that will also offer protection from the wind. Growing to a height of 4 to 10 m, the Wild peach is single stemmed and has a rounded, [...]

By |2016-03-10T11:20:40+02:00March 10th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kiggelaria africana – Wild peach tree – Wilde perskeboom

Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom

The Sausage tree is a medium to large, semi-deciduous to deciduous tree that is beautiful when in flower. This African tree is easily recognised due to the large, sausage shaped fruits hanging from its branches.  It is a sacred tree for many communities and is usually protected on farm lands where other trees are cut [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:48+02:00March 2nd, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Kigelia africana – Sausage tree – Worsboom

Galpinea transvaalica – Wild Pride of India – Knoppieblaar

The Wild Pride of India is a fast growing, evergreen, decorative tree that can be successfully pruned or trained into a hedge form.  The crooked stem with low lying branches form a natural barrier and the glossy dark leaves are wavy and wax-like. Growing to a height of 6 m, the tree has a small [...]

By |2016-04-19T11:09:01+02:00February 12th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Galpinea transvaalica – Wild Pride of India – Knoppieblaar
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