I’ve noticed this striking tree in bloom all around my neighbourhood – in the scary kid park, outside the Pakistani hairdresser and lining the streets. Its the middle of winter so quite surprising to see such a display of colour. It is great but I know little about it – could it be indigenous? Patrick
I was out in KwaMashu earlier this week, conducting training for INK Urban Renewal, and this tree was all over the place. I originally noticed it because its remarkable pods make a great rustling noise when the wind blows. Does anyone recognise it? Is it indigenous? I took a couple of seeds and may try [...]
In an earlier post, my brother lamented the scourge of syringa berry trees in Durban. In the comments section it was suggested that strangler figs could be used to combat them. I regularly jog down Manning Road and spotted a strangler fig at work on a Flamboyant.
A couple of years back I planted a fever tree outside our gate. The tree never really took off. It didn’t die or look sickly, it just never seemed to grow. I put it down to the fact that the soil I had planted it in was this terrible, sandy, red earth and decided to [...]
Syringas are my most hated of alien, invasive plants in Durban. They spread like wildfire, grow easily in this climate and are a task to remove. Since coming back to Durban last October I have seen more and more of them, and it seems that many people (myself included) don’t know the details. A few [...]
I was in Swaziland, at the Mkhaya National Park, when I saw this amazing tree with these deep, orange leaves. I don’t know much about the tree but have always loved the photograph so I thought I’d share it.
Another call for help, another mystery tree. This tree is growing in my neighbour’s garden. It has masses of creme-coloured flowers with a citrus/vanilla scent, which naturally the bees love. Anybody recognise it?
I went down to Clansdale on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast last weekend. In the garden of the house we had rented was a dead tree and on the trunk this amazing fungi was growing. Normally I would just appreciate it for its beauty but I had recently been reading Pitta Joffe’s Creative Gardening with Indigenous [...]
This tree was growing in my garden when we moved in. Someone told me it was indigenous but I don’t have its proper name and couldn’t source it in any of my books. It has a thick, rough bark, thin leaves and long, pod-shaped seeds, but what I really like about it are its flowers. [...]
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