A Champion’s Champion Tree
28 July 2017
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In 2008, Nelson Mandela planted a tiny Great White Stinkwood in Thokoza Park‚ Soweto. Just before Mandela Day this month, the young Stinkwood was gazetted by the Gauteng Heritage Resource Authority as a champion tree.

South Africa was the first African country to initiate the special protection of trees deemed as Champion trees. These trees receive national protection because of their value to our communities in terms of age, size, cultural heritage or historical importance.
To date, any person or organisation can nominate a tree for Champion status.
Drought Myth Buster
24 May 2017
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There is a misconception about planting trees during a drought. Indigenous, drought tolerant trees, directly counter attack some consequences of drought by performing a function called hydraulic redistribution: where groundwater is redistributed vertically and laterally through the root system. Indigenous trees planted now will send out a deep root system to access water it will then redistribute along its root system.

We at TreeCo suggest the following species:
— Olea Africana
— Podocarpus falcatus
— Syzygium cordatum
— Syzygium guineense
— Harpephyllum caffrum
Autumn Planting
21 April 2017
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Autumn's increased rainfall will start keeping your garden hydrated so it's a great season to plant and transplant trees and shrubs. Keep planting waterwise trees that can tolerate drought as South Africa is a water scarce country.

Our ultimate Autumn choices are:
• Olea Africana
• Harpephyllum caffrum
• Searsia
• Brachylaena discolour
• Tarchonanthus camphoratus

Laying a balanced fertiliser at the same time as Autumn's first rain is recommended; use your home-made compost and remember to add mulch as we have had a dry summer.
Functional Fevers
17 March 2017
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Used since the 1600's as a remedy for fevers, the aptly named Fever tree has a longstanding history of functionality when it comes to aiding its environment.
To ailing man, Fever trees have helped by curing fevers and malaria, as quinine is extracted from the bark (which is also where this tree's photosynthesis occurs).
To their immediate surroundings, Fever trees enrich the soil with nitrogen which allows plants around the tree thrive.

And to landscapers, happy Fever trees offer an exceptionally fast growth rate of around 1.5 metres per year. So to see quick results, place your Fever order today: 021 864 3046.
Some Sweetgum Secrets
13 October 2016
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Still on special is the Sweetgum (Liquidamber styraciflua) which grows best in shady areas and clay soil and grows to about 15 metres in adulthood. The Sweetgum heartwood is pinkish while it's sapwood is creamy white and both are popular for furniture and veneer production.When wounded, the Sweetgum exudes a vanilla-scented resin, called styrax, which is used to make perfumes, incense and fragrant soaps.

Medical uses of this versatile variety is as an expectorant for sore throats and coughs, an antiseptic when used topically and even as a remedy for viruses such as the flu, measles and chickenpox when ingested.
13 September 2016
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This month's Tree of the Month is the 50 lt Liquedambar styriflua (liquid ambar). A gem in any garden, this species actually originated in North America (where known as the American Sweetgum), and today, the Liquidambar is one of the most important commercial hardwoods sold in the States.

It is a fast growing, hardy ornamental shade tree with distinct, five pointed, star shaped leaves that turn intense and brilliant shades of yellow, amber and red in the autumn months. The flexibility of this colourful addition to your landscaping project is best exemplified by these diverse little Liquidambars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9fSHQslzB8
TreeCo’s Star: Jasmine
9 March 2016
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This week’s TreeCo special is the fragrant and striking Star Jasmine which produces dainty white flowers (in full sun, no less) and, rather freakily, actually belongs to the Olive family. While often seen as a creeper, it works wonderfully as a ground cover too, making it a nifty addition to vast gardens. The a.k.a Confederate Jasmine is an excellent choice this season not only on account of its tolerance to different soil types, but also because of it’s infamous resilience to draught - simply a summer must-have as water restrictions persist in our area. Drop Rudi a line on 082 829 5543 to place your order.
Add Some Society to Your Salad
1 December 2015
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We’ve got a cracking Christmas special: the Tulbaghia violacea, also known as Society Garlic or Wild Garlic. This attractive South African ornamental evergreen outdoor bulb is virtually drought-proof as it does best in full sun and light, sandy soil (excellent for water restrictions). Tulbaghia belongs to a genus of the lily family which is entirely restricted to Africa, and, it’s entirely edible. Add some colour to your salad, eat the peppery sweet flowers raw and use the tapered leaves like garlic.

When not garnished on a dinner plate, crushing Tulbaghia leaves treats sinus headaches and repels insects; the fresh bulbs are boiled in water and the decoction taken orally to clear up colds and coughs. Place your orders for this versatile flowering beauty by calling the office: 021 864 3046.
The big and small of the Chinese Hackberry
7 July 2015
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This month’s tree special is the Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinesis) and it is one of our absolute favourites here at TreeCo not only because of the birdlife it attracts, but also because the wood of this interesting tree has the highest bending tolerance of all species of wood in the world. Collectively, these trees form an outstanding wind break and, though commonly planted as an avenue or as specimen trees in parks and public spaces, the Celtis sinensis also makes a striking feature in large gardens which is why we have such excellent specimens in stock for you this month.

Here at TreeCo, we are ‘the big tree nursery’. Our unique growing methods consistently produce the healthiest trees that grow into big beauties in their new homes and the Chinese Hackberry is always an enthusiastic grower that can reach 20m with ease. But while TreeCo’s Chinese Hackberries are ready for new heights in the great outdoors, bonzai fanatics around the world keep theirs trimmed to a tee to produce perfect miniatures of this delightfully versatile tree. Take a look at the Cape Bonsai Kai’s collection of Celtis sinesis in their species gallery at the bottom of the page: www.capebonsaikai.co.za
Two practical quirks of the Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
7 May 2015
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This month, we’ve got our 200L Quercus nigra on special. In the tree world, a young tree with a 200L root size will be between 2.5 and 4m in hight. The young Quercus nigra that we have in stock are perfectly sized saplings that, bought today, will grow another 12.5 to 14m in height, and their equivalent in root span. (Use our “root size to tree height” infographic on our trees page to check tree sizes).

So let’s take look at what makes the Quercus nigra so distinctive. Firstly, they grow faster and they reproduce faster. But don’t let the old Afrikaans adage, “Vroeg ryp, vroeg vrot”, sway you, rapid reproducers result in a lot of variation amongst which specimens to select. Because of this, the specimens become more easily adapted to altered conditions. Yes, making the Quercus nigra a robust tree that grows well in even the trickiest of terrains.

Growth spurts aside, the second quirk of this Quercus (alliteration intended) is that it is an excellent tree for children to climb. With its symmetrical, spreading crown that spreads densely from the trunk, these elaborate branch patterns make for intricate climbing sessions - provided the child can make it from the trunk into the branches.
Climbing trees enhances divergent thinking because it requires cognitive work to choose the best pathways between branches. As children map their ideas and then try to execute each manoeuvre, they are problem solving and developing spatial reasoning. Where is the zone of proximal development, you may ask: it’s in a TreeCo tree.
The best tree for problem landscapes
8 April 2015
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We’ve got the Quercus nigra (commonly known as the Water Oak) on special this April - a beautiful tree for a variety of soil types. The Water Oak thrives in heavy, compacted soil as well as wet and swampy soil. This makes it a phenomenal choice of tree for problem landscapes, particularly swampy areas along ponds and streams (though it grows just as well on upland sites). It has a spreading, rounded, open canopy and produces an abundance of acorns that make a wide range of wildlife the Water Oak’s biggest fans (after us!).

This adaptable tree grows quickly and is used to restore bottomland hardwood forests that had previously been cleared for agriculture. Give us a call on 021 864 3046 to place your order.
Why we love Rhus
10 March 2015
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In 2008, most of the species grown in Southern Africa under the genus Rhus were reclassified into genus Searsia, but the more common name for this tree is the White Karee.

Although this small-medium sized tree is ideal for small gardens, you should still be aware that it can grow into an 8m tree as it grows quickly. It has a non-invasive root system and is tidy and neat to maintain. This very adaptable tree can be used on the boundaries of larger properties, planted in rows to form a highly effective windbreak.

The minimum planting area, away from walls or a house, is about 2m. It can also be used near water and looks beautiful with its Willow-like appearance.

The Searsia pendulina has a fast growth rate and is frost-hardy, making it ideal for small gardens, in particular. This evergreen tree also attracts bees and other insects and is used for breeding by many different kinds of butterflies.
The Leopard Tree
10 February 2015
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The Leopard Tree, or Caesalpinia Ferrea originates from Brazil, despite how deceptively South African it’s common name may sound.

This tree earns it’s name from the large dark brown patches on the light bark, reminding one of the African Leopard’s spots. This occurs due to the smooth bark exfoliating unevenly.

This tree is ideal for smaller gardens (not to close to the house because of it’s big roots), but ONLY in moderate climates, as it’s growth is stunted by nature. Beware of planting in humid subtropic areas, such as Durban, as the Leopard Tree can grow monstrously in these conditions, with roots to match.

These trees look wonderful if planted together and it’s delicate branches won’t provide deep shade. This is ideal for plants which battle to grow amongst tree roots.
The Golden Goddess, a delicate-leafed hedge bamboo
6 November 2014
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The Golden Goddess is a delicate-leafed hedge bamboo, which is a great addition to any landscape, especially smaller gardens or as a container plant.

The Bambusa family includes between 100 and 120 species, most very popular because of their beautiful foliage.

This attractive plant can not only be pruned to create small hedges, but can be pruned into whichever shape works well in your garden. For this reason, the Golden Goddess a very versatile showstopper for your landscape, although like most grasses, it has unremarkable flowers.

It spreads much slower and much less aggressively than runner bamboo, which is ideal for vertical gardens as well. This particular bamboo can grow up to 10 feet tall and thickens up well. It is also quite resilient to very hot and cold conditions and makes a wonderful evergreen addition to any garden.
The majestic giant of our natural forest
5 August 2014
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The indigenous Outiniqua yellowwood tree is well known and well loved amongst South Africans. This majestic beauty can easily be recognized by its impressive size, its blue-grey pointed leaves and smooth bark. In nature it can grow to the height of nearly 45 meters. No need to worry though, should you prefer not to have a “Jack and the Beanstalk” scenario in your backyard! This tree will grow to a modest size in garden cultivation. Its natural distribution is to be found in the Southern Cape, along the East coast, and all the way up to Mozambique. It is the favourite choice of wood for furniture. However it can also be seen as a favourite choice for hanging a swing or having a picnic in its shade, should you not wish to run a backyard timber shop.