Halleria lucida                                               Maesa lanceolata                                      Trema orientalis                             Dichrostachys cinerea

For further information on individual plant species visit the Plantzafrica website:

Acacia zanthophloea Fever treeAlbizia adianthifolia Flat-crown

Apodytes dimidiata White pear

Baphia racemosa Natal camwood

Bridelia micrantha Mitzeeri

Calodendrum capense Cape chestnut

Celtis africana White stinkwood

Croton sylvaticus Forest fever-berry

Cussonia spicata Common cabbage tree

Dichrostachys capensis Sickle bush

Dovyalis caffra Kei-apple

Dracaena aletriformis Large-leaved dragon tree

Erythrina humeana Dwarf Coral tree

Erythrina lysistemon Common Coral tree

Ficus natalensis Natal fig

Ficus sur Broom cluster fig

Gardenia volkensi i Bushveld gardenia

Halleria lucida Tree fuchsiaHarpephyllum caffrum Wild plum

Heteropyxis natalensis Lavendar Tree

Macaranga capensis Wild Poplar

Millettia grandis Umzimbeet

Polygala myrtifolia September bush

Protorhus longifolia Red Beech

Psoralea pinnata Fountain bush

Rauvolfia caffra Quinine tree

Rhamnus prinoides BlinkBlaar

Rothmannia globosa September bells

Schotia bracheypetala Weeping boer-bean

Strelitzia nicolai Natal wild banana

Syzygium cordatum Waterberry

Trichilia emetica Natal mahogany

Tecomaria capensis Cape honeysuckle

Trema orientalis Trema orientalis

Trees of the Year 2013:

Kloof Conservancy have kindly allowed us to use their info page on the 2013 Trees of the Year. View their site for more information on information for the Kloof /Gillitts area:


Each year the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry nominate one “common” and one “rare” species of tree as Trees of the Year

For 2013 one common and two rare species have been nominated as follows:

Blossom Tree

Virgilia oroboides

Cross-berry Tree

Grewia occidentalis

Powderpuff Tree

Barringtonia racemosa

Virgilia oroboides


Grewia occidentalis


Barringtonia racemosa

The common tree of the year for 2013 is the Virgilia oroboides (Blossom Tree). This tree is native to a small, narrow strip along the southeastern coast of South Africa. Virgilia oroboides is found below 1 200 m in a narrow strip along the coast from the Cape Peninsula to George. As it is not indigenous to the Kloof /Gillitts area we would not recommend it be planted up here.

There are two rare species for 2013. The first is the Grewia occidentalis commonly know as the Cross-berry Tree. This attractive indigenous shrub may be found in a variety of habitats ranging from arid karoo, coastal dune bush, evergreen montane forest and wooded grasslands. The cross-berry is an important species in traditional medicine and is used for a variety of purposes. Bruised bark soaked in hot water is used to treat wounds. Pounded bark, used regularly as a shampoo, was believed to prevent hair from turning grey. Parts of the plant were used to treat impotence and sterility, and root extracts were used to help in childbirth. The Cross-berry Tree is indigenous to Kloof/Gillitts and can be found in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

The second rare tree of the year for 2013 is the Barringtonia racemosa or Powderpuff Tree. Barringtonia racemosa is mainly a coastal mangrove species that thrives under very humid, moist conditions and can tolerate salty conditions. It is common along tropical and subtropical coasts in the Indian Ocean, starting at the east coast of South Africa. It is a beautiful tree but it is not a species indigenous to the general Kloof/Gillitts area.

Information source:

The 2013 Tree of the Year poster can be obtained free by e-mailing (you will need ato pay postage) or you can download a free PDF version at