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 Plants and its function is pretty beautiful as well. Fungi help to break down wood and mulch, releasing mineral nutrients back into the soil!
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. They are light, candy-striped and kinda Japanese. Also, the seeds are really easy to germinate and I am growing a bonsai version of it.
Does anyone know what it is called and where it is from?