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Apodytes dimidiata
Viewed 6846 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Apodytes dimidiata   (White pear) This is a bushy, evergreen tree that can easily be shaped into a slender growth form. The leaves are glossy and bright green and the smooth bark an attractive light grey. A profusion of lightly fragrant... Read More
Bersama lucens
Viewed 2991 times since Fri, Mar 9, 2012
Bersama lucens (Glossy White Ash) Type: Small tree, 4m. Form: Compact multi-stemmed tree, prominent foliage. Flowers: Spikes of small, greenish flowers, from September to May. This tree is most noted for the glossy copper foliage it... Read More
Bolusanthus speciosus
Viewed 2449 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Bolusanthus speciosus (Tree wisteria) This is a truly elegant deciduous tree with a neat, elongated silhouette in the landscape. It is multi-stemmed with thick outer branches. The bark is rough and fissured and the main trunk has great... Read More
Buddleja saligna
Viewed 3829 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Buddleja saligna   (White Olive) Use this hardy, fast-growing small tree of large shrub as a windbreak or hedge in difficult climatic conditions. It has narrow grey green leaves and sweet-smelling white to creamy-white flowers and responds... Read More
Calamondin (x Citrofortunella microcarpa)
Viewed 6871 times since Fri, May 10, 2013
Calamondin (x Citrofortunella microcarpa)   Calamondin (x Citrofortunella microcarpa) is a petite (2 m high) tree – the result of crossing a nectarine and a kumquat. It has bright green leaves and bears round, bright orange fruit that ripen in... Read More
Camellia sasanqua
Viewed 4664 times since Tue, Apr 23, 2013
Camellia sasanqua   Camellia sasanqua flowers earlier than the japonica types and can cope with more sunlight. They are hardy, grow easily and bloom prolifically. Camellia growers like to prune them into elegant lollipop trees. This keeps the... Read More
Dais cotinifolia
Viewed 2462 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Dais cotinifolia (Pompon tree) This slender little tree is the perfect size for a small townhouse garden. It has a rounded crown, blue-green leaves and attractive greyish-brown bark. It can be evergreen or deciduous, depending on the... Read More
Designer trees for small spaces
Viewed 5511 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Designer trees for small spaces Our choice of seven local trees to enhance small gardens. Even in a small garden there is space for at least one small tree. Like climbers, trees help to give your garden a very necessary dimension of height. But... Read More
Diospyros whyteana
Viewed 3973 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Diospyros whyteana   (Bladdernut) The Bladdernut is one of those small trees with so many uses in both small and larger gardens. Its natural habitat extends right from the Western Cape up the coastal belt through to the Highveld, in forest... Read More
Dombeya rotundifolia
Viewed 5541 times since Wed, Apr 4, 2012
Dombeya rotundifolia Dombeya rotundifolia, one of the most attractive and reliable of the indigenous trees suitable for suburban gardens, has long been a favourite of mine. This tree can certainly be described as a true harbinger of spring:... Read More
Dovyalis caffra
Viewed 3807 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Dovyalis caffra (Kei apple) Kei apples have dense, glossy, oval leaves with a leathery feel – always a good sign that you are dealing with a hardy plant. Long, sharp thorns lurk between the leaves, making criminals think twice before... Read More
Heteropyxis natalensis
Viewed 4264 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Heteropyxis natalensis (Lavender tree) The lavender tree has a neat, small crown with pendant, shiny, dark-green leaves that turn yellow and later rusty-red in autumn before they fall. Although this tree is deciduous, it may be semideciduous... Read More
Indigofera jucunda
Viewed 3126 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Indigofera jucunda A small tree or scrambling shrub with spikes of small pink or white scented flowers on spikes around 5cm long. The size of the plant is around 1 x 4m. Its common name river indigo will give an indication of the position it needs... Read More
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
Viewed 4007 times since Wed, Apr 4, 2012
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem'   Magnolia grandiflora is a handsome evergreen tree that originates from the south eastern parts of the USA. Today numerous different selections are grown around the world as magnificent specimen... Read More
Magnolia grandiflora ’Little Gem’
Viewed 4229 times since Thu, Mar 14, 2013
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem' Magnolia grandiflora is a handsome evergreen tree that originates from the south eastern parts of the USA. Today numerous different selections are grown around the world as magnificent specimen trees... Read More
Magnolia x soulangeana
Viewed 4009 times since Tue, May 28, 2013
Magnolia x soulangeana   Magnolia x soulangeana is a small, deciduous tree that grows to approximately 6 x 6 m, making it ideal for a small garden or a townhouse- style garden. Its many lateral branches extend from a central trunk and, starting... Read More
Olea europaea
Viewed 3223 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Olea europaea The olive tree has the promise of a good harvest although it's the elegant, pale green on top with silver underneath evergreen foliage with a height of about 7–9 m, with the ability to survive exceptionally unfavourable, semi... Read More
Searsia pendulina
Viewed 3497 times since Fri, Sep 7, 2012
Searsia pendulina (White karee) This tree has a slightly weeping growth habit and a neat crown that casts filtered shade. The leaves, in a set of three individual leaflets, are light green and the bark is an attractive light grey, becoming... Read More
Solanum giganteum
Viewed 5429 times since Tue, Jul 30, 2013
Solanum giganteum Solanum giganteum is a somewhat unconventional choice – but not for birds! Do not confuse it with the invasive alien Solanum mauritianum; although it is of the same family, it belongs here and is of great value to wildlife.... Read More
Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood)
Viewed 126215 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
  Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood)   Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood) is a scarce indigenous species, but with a bit of luck you might find one in a specialist nursery. It forms a small shrub or tree with bright, deep... Read More