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Psychotria capensis – Black Bird Berry – Voelbessie – Isithibala

Psychotria capensis is a useful shrub or small tree that can be grown both in full sun or shade. This stunning evergreen tree can reach a mature height of 8m under favourable growing conditions. In South Africa, this tree occurs naturally in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and some parts of Gauteng. It [...]

By |2020-07-14T12:17:22+02:00July 14th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Psychotria capensis – Black Bird Berry – Voelbessie – Isithibala

Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leafed quince – Breeblaarkweper – Umthugwa

Cryptocarya latifolia is an evergreen medium sized tree characterised with a round dense crown. This tree can reach a mature height of 16m when growing conditions are ideal. The broad-leafed quince originates from KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape where it grows in evergreen forests along riverbanks. This tree has a grey-brown bark with smooth fine [...]

By |2020-06-12T15:30:22+02:00June 12th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Cryptocarya latifolia – Broad-leafed quince – Breeblaarkweper – Umthugwa

Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

The wild olive is a neat well shaped evergreen tree with glossy green foliage and a spreading crown. Although this tree is slow growing, it can reach a mature height of 8 to 9m. This tree is common in almost every region of South Africa. This tree is normally found growing on rocky hillsides, on [...]

By |2020-03-13T16:14:04+02:00March 13th, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Olea europaea subsp africana – Wild olive – Olienhout

Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

The Apple-leaf is a semi-deciduous protected tree of South Africa characterised with an open rounded crown and a flaking bark. Its distribution in Africa stretches from Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania in the North to KwaZulu-Natal in the South. Although this tree occurs on all types of soils, it mainly favours sandy or alluvial [...]

By |2020-01-21T15:19:58+02:00January 21st, 2020|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Philenoptera violacea–Apple-leaf – Appelblaar–Umbhandu

Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Fiddlewood is a pretty shrub or small tree native to the West Indies but is now grown as an ornamental tree all over the world. This tree is semi-deciduous and keeps some of its foliage all year and will drop some leaves as well. Although fiddlewood favours wet habitats, it has also been found in [...]

By |2019-05-09T14:32:37+02:00May 9th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Citharexylum spinosum – Fiddlewood

Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Ficus abutilifolia is a deciduous tree of South Africa with a spreading round crown and roots which often grow over rocks. The distribution of this tree stretches from Tanzania in the North to Kwa-Zulu Natal in the South. It has a moderate growth rate and can reach a mature height of 10m. F. abutilifolia can [...]

By |2019-04-23T09:08:17+02:00April 23rd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Ficus abutilifolia – large leaved rock fig – Grootblaarrotsvy

Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

One of the most iconic South African aloes, Aloe Marlothii, has started blooming and is providing bright splashes of colour in many areas.  Indigenous to South Africa, this aloe is used extensively in landscaping as it is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance while offering a majestic presence in the garden. The Mountain [...]

By |2018-06-15T09:49:57+02:00June 15th, 2018|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe marlothii, Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn

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

Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

One of our staple trees at Sun Trees, is the indigenous Vachellia xanthophloea.  The distinctive colouring of the Fever tree makes this tree an ornamental specimen that provides interest all year round. From the bright yellowish green trunk, to the sparse spreading crown and upstanding growth habit, the appearance of the Fever tree is exceptional.  [...]

By |2017-11-23T15:29:48+02:00November 23rd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia xanthophloea – Fever tree – Koorsboom

Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon

Schotia afra is a small, evergreen tree to plant in a small garden.  Growing to a height of between 3 and 5 m, this indigenous specimen has a non-invasive root system that will not interfere with walls and foundations.  In addition, it is not a messy tree, making it ideal for a townhouse garden or [...]

By |2017-10-19T13:12:52+02:00October 19th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Schotia afra – Karoo boer-bean – Karoo huilboerboon
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