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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #40 on: November 18, 2013, 03:38:43 pm »
We have a tree at work that I am told is an African Flame Tree, yet if I google this, the pictures I get are not the same tree?

It has a beautiful flat flower that is "flame" coloured and appears to be made up of leaves not the normal "tissue" one associates with a flower. It flowers before the foliage comes. (deciduous)

I have no pictures of it in bloom but here are a couple of it with leaves.

I would also like to now if one can take a cutting or grow one from seed (never seen any seed)?

Hi Martyn,

The leaves and stem on your tree look very much like a poinsettia. Very pretty flowers especially the Rams Horn variety. The branches are fairly soft and if you break off a twig, you should get a milky sap leaking out.

The poinsettia is very easy to grow from cuttings


Hi Frankmac,

not sure it is a poinsettia, the images I can get show it flowering with foliage on the tree and the composition of the flower looks different?
This one has its flower without any foliage. The flower appears as a flat flower on the end of the branch or shoot and appears to be made of leaves of red, orange and browny/yellow colour.

The leaves that are currently on the tree are like an elongated maple leaf.
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #41 on: November 18, 2013, 03:55:02 pm »
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #42 on: November 18, 2013, 04:02:58 pm »
We have a tree at work that I am told is an African Flame Tree, yet if I google this, the pictures I get are not the same tree?

It has a beautiful flat flower that is "flame" coloured and appears to be made up of leaves not the normal "tissue" one associates with a flower. It flowers before the foliage comes. (deciduous)

I have no pictures of it in bloom but here are a couple of it with leaves.

I would also like to now if one can take a cutting or grow one from seed (never seen any seed)?

Hi Martyn,

The leaves and stem on your tree look very much like a poinsettia. Very pretty flowers especially the Rams Horn variety. The branches are fairly soft and if you break off a twig, you should get a milky sap leaking out.

The poinsettia is very easy to grow from cuttings


Hi Frankmac,

not sure it is a poinsettia, the images I can get show it flowering with foliage on the tree and the composition of the flower looks different?
This one has its flower without any foliage. The flower appears as a flat flower on the end of the branch or shoot and appears to be made of leaves of red, orange and browny/yellow colour.

The leaves that are currently on the tree are like an elongated maple leaf.

Hi Martyn,

Not too sure but the poinsettia flowers both with and without foliage and come in various shapes and colours. It's definitely not an African Flame tree though as we have plenty down here on the South Coast. I'll have to scratch through my pics and see if I can get some although I'm sure Google images will have enough.

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #43 on: November 18, 2013, 04:20:26 pm »
I also think it is Poinsettia. The leaves and stems look very much like one. They are not indigenous.
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2013, 05:21:23 pm »
Here's a few of our African Flame in full bloom showing the flame-like flower, leaves and seed pod. I wouldn't regard it as indigenous but it does at least attract the birds
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2013, 11:08:46 am »
Thanks all, i will take pictures once in flower and post again.
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #46 on: November 25, 2013, 01:25:06 pm »
Bensien, you can grow the camelthorn from seeds. Take a seed at a time and sand on a very fine sandpaper till you just go through the shell and then plant. I had 97 out of 100 success on the last plant
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #47 on: November 27, 2013, 11:01:14 am »
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #48 on: November 27, 2013, 11:54:00 am »
Cape Ash - given to me as a birthday present 6 years ago - only a tiny slither of a tree. Grown into a beautiful young tree in relatively short period of time.
That is a magnificent tree  :thumleft:, especially when big. Just bear in mind that male and female trees are on separate trees, only female trees bears fruit which is a real bird magnett.
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #49 on: November 27, 2013, 03:48:03 pm »
I'm trying to go as indigenous as possible but also keeping the odd exotic like Silky oak and Fiddlewood for the birds.

Fortunately our soil and climate is excellent here on the South Coast and I reckon if I rest my walking stick on the ground too long, it would also start to grow. We have red beech, giant leaf fig, natal ficus, broom cluster fig, umzimbithi, natal mahogany, wild plum, cape chestnut, wild banana (strilitzia nicolai), umdoni (waterberry) and milkwood.
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #50 on: November 27, 2013, 03:55:20 pm »
That's awesome. Replace the Silky Oak and Fiddlewood with Pigeon Wood and Haleria Lucida if you realy want to attract birds.
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #51 on: November 27, 2013, 04:03:36 pm »
Frankmac, you are blessed with the most beautiful  trees in KZN. I recently planted a Natal Waterberry on my Farm and it is growing into a beautiful Tree.
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #52 on: November 27, 2013, 04:05:16 pm »
That's awesome. Replace the Silky Oak and Fiddlewood with Pigeon Wood and Haleria Lucida if you realy want to attract birds.

Hi Winston,

Thanks. I actually do have some pigeon wood. Forgot about that. Had to google your Haleria Lucida ;D

Sounds like a plan.
 

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« Reply #53 on: November 27, 2013, 04:06:36 pm »
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #54 on: November 27, 2013, 04:10:49 pm »
Frankmac, you are blessed with the most beautiful  trees in KZN. I recently planted a Natal Waterbeyy on my Farm and it is growing into a beautiful Tree.

Hi Offshore,

Nice thread you've started here. Love the Waterberry
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #55 on: November 29, 2013, 03:21:59 pm »
I have never seen one before. Where is the Location B?

That specific one is in the mountains of Swaziland near Maguga dam
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« Reply #56 on: November 29, 2013, 03:31:42 pm »
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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #57 on: November 29, 2013, 03:34:16 pm »
Right, ek het so paar boompies geplant. Sal sien wat gebeur.
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« Reply #58 on: November 29, 2013, 03:40:10 pm »
Right, ek het so paar boompies geplant. Sal sien wat gebeur.
Vertel bietjie wat jy geplant het man, moenie so geheimsinnig wees nie. ;D
 

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Re: Trees of Southern Africa
« Reply #59 on: November 29, 2013, 06:21:23 pm »
A huge Mopanie Tree in Damaraland Namibia. I don't think I will ever see a bigger one.
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