Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Spectacular Monthly Tree - August 2012

Syzygium guineense, which like the Syzygium cordatum is also sometimes known as the 'Waterberry'. Other common names for the Syzigium guineense include the 'Snake bean tree', the 'Waterpear' and the 'Woodland waterberry'. This is a spectacular medium to large evergreen tree capable of growing up to 15 - 30 meters in height. Revered as a favorite for its ability to provide deep shade, the Waterpear offers a purple fruit that is edible and described as both sweet and juicy.

This month, we are offering a few extra large, absolutely magnificent specimens of these handsome trees for sale. We only have a few of these huge specimens available so be sure to hurry and get yours now.
Botanical Name
Syzygium guineense
Common Name
Size Available
Quantity in Stock
7 - 10
Average Tree Height
6 m
Average Trunk Thickness
10 cm
Should you require any further information, such as pricing details or should you wish to place an order, please contact Rudi on 082 829 5543 or Leske on 072 385 0270. Alternatively you are welcome to email us with your enquiry at

Visit TreeCo at the Cape Green Outdoor Lifestyle Trade Day

Save the Date! TreeCo will exhibiting our stunning trees at the second bi-annual Cape Green Outdoor Lifestyle Trade Day on the 29th August at the 3 Arts Theatre in Plumstead. Members of the Cape Green Forum can look forward to fantastic specials and prizes on the day and Rudi and Leske look forward to seeing you there!

David Livingstone's Ana Trees

About 16 kilometers from Makopane (Potgietersrus) in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in Limpopo Province stands a group of Ana trees (Faidherbia albida) that are generally referred to as ‘David Livingstone’s Ana trees’.

Situated in an area of great archaeological and paleontological interest, these magnificent trees that stand some 20 metres high are unique, as they are the only specimens to be found in the Waterberg area.

This magnificent part of the bushveld is steeped in history as it was here that in 1852, the Voortrekker leaders Hendrik Potgieter and Andries Pretorius reconciled as well as being the area where sadly, some 1500 of Chief Makapan’s people died of starvation, when Piet Potgieter and his men laid siege to the cave in which Makapan’s men were hiding after the massacre at Moordrift.

In 1847 the well known explorer and missionary David Livingstone, accompanied by his wife Mary Moffat, undertook a journey from his mission station at Kalobeng in Botswana via Rustenberg and on towards Makopane (Potgietersrus). It was here, under the large group of Ana trees that they set up camp and rested for a while before continuing on their journey along the Mogalakwena river.

In 1949, these beautiful trees were proclaimed a natural monument and a national heritage monument was erected there to commemorate Dr Livingstone’s stay there.

Visit the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve when you are in this lovely area and follow the fascinating Waterberg Meander to view this national heritage site, and rest a while in the shade of these historic trees that offered shelter to Dr livingstone and his wife as well as to the Voortrekkers.
Sophiatown Tree Before 
Sophiatown Tree After

Availability List for August 2012

TreeCo provides our readers with a downloadable, updated Availability List every month.
Please note that should you not find the tree that you are looking for on this list, TreeCo will readily source what you require, on your behalf. Rudi and Leske Neethling personally ensure that all trees supplied by TreeCo, conform to our high quality standards.
Please CLICK HERE to download our latest Availability List.

TreeCo Big Tree Gallery - August 2012


Bolusanthus speciosus (Tree wisteria)

In full bloom, Bolusanthus speciosus creates a display of unequalled splendor. This spectacular small to medium sized tree with graceful drooping branches, covers itself with trusses of fragrant, violet-blue flowers throughout spring and early summer. Although it is deciduous, the Tree wisteria is only without leaves for a short time in early spring. The conspicuous dark, brownish black trunk, offsets the light green leaves and the magnificent flowers to perfection. This most beautiful member of our wide range of indigenous trees is a protected species in South Africa which means that no wild specimens may be damaged, cut down or removed.
Botanical Name
Bolusanthus speciosus
Common Name
Tree wisteria
RSA National Tree No’
 The unsurpassed beauty of the Tree wisteria as well as the non invasive root system makes this one of the most successful garden trees. Planted in close proximity to the beautiful spring flowering Euryops virgineus with it’s masses of golden yellow, honey scented flowers, the combined effect is absolutely breathtaking. Bolusanthus speciosus is perfect for enhancing any area where space is at a premium and is the perfect choice for townhouse gardens. This magnificent tree looks stunning in a mixed border to add colour and height or as a single specimen on a lawn or alongside a patio. When planted in a group of 3 or 5 the effect is superb while an avenue of these lovely trees along a driveway or street is always a showstopper. When planted in large pots the Tree wisteria creates a stunning focal point for patios and paved areas. This tree is very popular with Bonsai enthusiasts.
6 - 8 m
3 - 4 m
Growth Habit
Tree wisteria commonly occurs at medium to low altitudes in bushveld or wooded grassland areas of the country, often on heavy, alkaline soil.
The brown to blackish brown bark is rough with deep longitudinal fissures
The greyish green, compound leaves have up to 11 sickle shaped leaflets with narrowly tapering tips. The base of the leaflets is markedly asymmetric. Leaf margins are irregularly scalloped or minutely toothed.
From August to January the tree is covered with beautiful, fragrant, violet-blue, pea shaped flowers that are borne on 30cm long sprays
The papery brown fruit pods are tardily dehiscent.
The hard, bean like seeds are brown.
Growing regions
Bolusanthus speciosus is widespread throughout southern Africa and can be found growing from Angola to Zambia through to Mpumalanga and all the way down to Kwa Zulu Natal.
Growing conditions
Plant the Tree wisteria in a sunny position in a large hole to which plenty of compost has been added. Water regularly for the first few years.
Best season
Spring / Summer
Once established Bolusanthus speciosus is frost hardy to -7 degrees and will tolerate both drought and windy conditions.
The seeds germinate readily when soaked in warm water overnight. Plant in a good seedling mix and keep moist. Transplant into bags once the true leaves appear. Plant out into the garden when the trees are about 1 to 2 years old.
Growth rate
If well cared for up to 800mm per year
The beautiful, hard wood of Bolusanthus speciosus is used to make excellent quality furniture and household articles. Being termite resistant, the straight stems are used for fence posts. Both the roots and parts of the bark are used medicinally to treat ailments such as various stomach problems and abdominal cramps.

Dovyalis caffra flowersDovyalis caffra fruitDovyalis caffra leaves and thorns
                 B. speciosis Bark      B. speciosis Flowers & Leaves     B. speciosis Seed