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Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

The bottle brush aloe is a shrub or tree-like plant well known for its neat habit and low maintenance. It is moderately large and forms a solitary or sparsely branched stem that can reach a mature height of 2m. This plant is often found growing naturally on rocky areas, steep slopes and cliffs. In South [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:30:16+02:00December 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Aloe spicata – Bottle brush aloe – Lebombo aloe

Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

Pterocarpus rotundifolius is a deciduous tree with an open crown and a mature height of about 10m. In South Africa, it occurs naturally from KwaZulu-Natal in the south, through Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpopo (Northern Province) to the northern parts of North-West Province. This tree is also indigenous to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The bark is velvety [...]

By |2019-09-02T11:45:59+02:00September 2nd, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Pterocarpus rotundifolius – Bloodwood – dopperkiaat

Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Formerly Caesalpinea ferrea, Libidibia ferrea got its common name ‘Leopard tree’ from its beautifully marked bark which looks like leopard print. Although it may seem to be an African tree, it is native to Brazil. This tree prefers fertile, well-drained soils and full sun. It is also very hardy and will survive drought conditions and [...]

By |2019-06-28T11:49:38+02:00June 28th, 2019|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Caesalpinea ferrea – Libidibia ferrea – Leopard tree – Luiperdboom

Buddleja glomerata – Karoo Sagewood – Niesbos

Indigenous to South Africa, endemic to the Karoo desert where it grows among boulders on the hillsides, Buddleja glomerata is a tough, small tree or large shrub, with a fast growth rate. Best known for its attractive foliage, the young leaves of the tree are silvery and furry with scalloped edges.  As the leaves mature, [...]

By |2017-04-20T14:33:02+02:00April 20th, 2017|Tree of the Week|Comments Off on Buddleja glomerata – Karoo Sagewood – Niesbos
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