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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

Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii – Paperbark tree – Papierbasboom

Previously known as the Acacia sieberiana, the indigenous Paperbark tree is easily identified by its flattened crown with dense, spreading foliage and papery bark. This beautifully shaped tree can grow to a height of 8 to 15 m and has fine, feathery, deep green foliage.  Evergreen or semi-deciduous in certain areas, the Paperbark is named [...]

By |2017-03-02T11:42:41+02:00March 2nd, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii – Paperbark tree – Papierbasboom

Berchemia zeyheri – Red Ivory – Rooi-ivoor

The evergreen to semi-deciduous Berchemia zeyheri is indigenous to South Africa and occurs naturally in the north-eastern provinces of South Africa. A neatly shaped tree, the Red Ivory can grow to a height of 6 to 15 m.  The foliage is an attractive grey-green colour and the leaves have distinct herringbone veining.  The bark of [...]

By |2016-10-18T13:46:15+02:00October 18th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Berchemia zeyheri – Red Ivory – Rooi-ivoor

Mystroxylon aethiopicum – Transvaal Kooboo berry

The multi-stemmed, evergreen Transvaal Kooboo berry can grow to a height of 12 m and is native to South Africa. This small to medium tree has thick, rounded leaves, fragrant flowers and edible fruit that turn bright red when ripe.  Tiny white-green flowers are carried from early spring to late summer and are borne in [...]

By |2018-09-21T14:47:47+02:00July 13th, 2016|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Mystroxylon aethiopicum – Transvaal Kooboo berry

Gardenia volkensii – Transvaal Gardenia – Bosveldkatjiepiering

This week we are looking at the Gardenia volkensii, an attractive small tree or shrub that thrives in full sun. The evergreen to semi-deciduous Transvaal gardenia is a slow grower that can reach up to 8 m in height. The dense, rounded crown has an interesting, rigid and angular branching pattern. Shiny, bright green leaves [...]

By |2015-06-11T09:15:36+02:00June 11th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments

Antidesma venosum – Tasselberry – Voelsitboom

This evergreen to semi-deciduous shrub/tree is a very decorative, neat shade tree that is ideal to attract a wide variety of birds to your garden. The Tasselberry generally grows to a height of 4 – 5m and has a dense rounded crown. Although the plant can be scrambling, it can be trained to have a [...]

By |2015-02-26T12:12:08+02:00February 26th, 2015|Tree of the Week|0 Comments
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