Evergreen Trees | Deciduous Trees

A showcase of Highveld Trees.
Cabbage tree - Cussonia spicata
Common Hook Thorn - Acacia caffra.
Candelabra tree - Euphorbia ingens
Mountain Karee - Rhus leptodictya
Ouhout - Leucosidea sericea
Wild Olive - Olea africana
Splendid Thorn - Acacia robusta
Wild Pear - Dombeya rotundifolia.

Deciduous Trees Indigenous to the Gauteng Region

  1. Acacia caffra - Common Hook Thorn.
    Large, deciduous, fast growing, drought and frost resistant tree.

  2. Acacia galpinii - Monkey Thorn.
    Large, deciduous, Drought and frost resistant tree. Fine feathery foliage.

  3. Acacia hebeclada - Candle Thorn.
    Medium sized, deciduous, drought resistant tree. Seed pods stand erect on tree. Fine feathery foliage.

  4. Acacia karoo - Sweet Thorn.
    Large, fast growing, deciduous tree, attracts birds which eat the gum it produces and insects that are attracted by its yellow fluffball like flowers in summer. Described as one of South Africa's most important trees, because it is extensively browsed and used as fodder in arid areas. Strong sweet smelling scent when in bloom.

  5. Acacia nilotica - Scented Thorn.
    Medium sized, deciduous, drought resistant tree. Attractive scented flowers in summer.

  6. Acacia robusta - Splendid Thorn.
    Large, deciduous, drought resistant tree.

  7. Acacia tortilis - Umbrella Thorn.
    Medium sized, deciduous, slow growing, drought resistant tree, with a large flat spreading umbrella shapedcrown.

  8. Cassinopsis ilicifolia - Spiny Cassinopsis.
    Scrambling shrub / small tree, up to 5m.

  9. Celtis africana - White Stinkwood.
    Large, fast growing attractive deciduous tree, attracts birds which eat the small green berries it produces.

  10. Croton gratissimus - Lavender Croton.

  11. Combretum Apiculatum - Red Bushwillow.
    Small to medium sized deciduous tree, 3 - 10m. Occurs in dry open bushy shrub like woodland.

  12. Combretum erythrophyllum - River Bushwillow.
    Large, fast growing, deciduous, frost hardy tree. Grows along riverbanks.

  13. Combretum molle - Velvet Bushwillow.
    Medium sized, deciduous, drought resistant tree.

  14. Combretum zeyheri - Large fruited Bushwillow.
    Small to medium sized deciduous tree, up to 10m. Afrikaans common name - Raasblaar.

  15. Dichrostachys cinerea - Kalahari Christmas Tree.
    Small, deciduous, drought resistant tree. Attractive Acacia type flowers pink on top half yellow below.

  16. Dombeya rotundifolia - Wild Pear.
    Medium sized, deciduous, drought and frost resistant tree. Attracts birds which eat the pear like fruit it produces. Beautiful yellow blossoms in early spring.

  17. Dovyalis zeyheri - Wild Apricot.
    Medium sized, deciduous, hardy tree. Attracts birds which eat the small apricot like fruit.

  18. Erythrina lysistemin - Common Coral Tree.
    Small to medium sized deciduous tree, 6m. Beautiful red flowers before new leaves in spring on bare branches.

  19. Grewia flava - Brandybush.
    Shrub / small deciduous tree, up to 4m. Dry woodland and bushveld. Yellow flowers.

  20. Heteromorpha trifoliata - Parsley tree.
    Medium sized, deciduous, fast growing, multistemmed tree. Bronze coloured bark peels back in concentric rings makes this a good specimen plant.

  21. Leonotis dysophylla - Wild Dagga.
    Small, deciduous erect shrub. Attractive orange erica type flowers in early spring.

  22. Mundulea sericea - Cork Bush.
    Shrub / small, slow growing tree, 2 - 3m.

  23. Ochna pulchra - Peeling Plane.
    Small deciduous tree, 3 - 7m. Pretty smooth bark which peels off like the exotic plane tree.

  24. Pappea capensis - Jacket Plum.
    Small to medium sized tree, up to 7m.

  25. Pavetta gardenifolia - Common Brides Bush.
    Small, deciduous shrub.

  26. Peltophorum africanum - Weeping / African Wattle.
    Small to medium sized deciduous tree, 5 - 10m. Beautiful yellow flowers.

  27. Rhus dentata - Nana Berry.
    Small deciduous tree, up to 6m. Red shiny fruit.

  28. Rhus pyroides - Common Wildcurrant.
    Medium sized, fast growing, deciduous, drought and frost resistant tree. Attracts birds which eat the currant like berries in summer.

  29. Rhus zeyheri - Blue Currant.
    Small deciduous tree, 3 - 4m. Blue grey foliage. Occurs on rocky koppies and stream banks.

  30. Sclerocarya birrea - Marula.
    Medium sized tree, up to 10m. Frost sensitive.

  31. Scolopia zeyheri - Thorny Pear.
    Medium sized, deciduous tree.

  32. Securinega virosa - White Berry Bush.
    Small, deciduous shrub. Attracts birds which eat small white berries.

  33. Spirostachys africana - Tamboti.
    Medium sized tree, up to 10m. The sap from this tree is poisonous.

  34. Ziziphus mucronata - Buffalo Thorn.
    Medium sized, fast growing, deciduous, drought and frost resistant tree. Attracts birds which eat the large red berries it produces. Makes a good perimeter barrier as its thorns are rather profuse when young and difficult to untangle because one points forward while the other points backward. Shiny light green leaves hence the afrikaans common name Blinkblaar.

Evergreen Trees Indigenous to the Gauteng Region

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