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Trees

Sit in the shade this summer.

Why Plant Trees?

Trees add shade, privacy, colour, and value to your property.  However, there are more benefits from trees. They absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses from the air and release oxygen. Trees also contribute to boosting biodiversity as they become a food source and natural habitat for wildlife like birds, squirrels, bees, etc. Make sure to choose trees with a non-invasive root system for smaller city gardens.

Growing Slowly

Growing and maintaining a tree requires patience. Tree growth is relatively slow in the beginning. After planting your tree out in the ground, the root systems will grow and establish until it is much wider than the tree itself. It is only then, in the second or even thirds year, that your tree will really start to grow much faster.

Plant Your Garden

FIND THE TREES YOU LOVE HERE

Acacia/Vachellia xanthophloea (Fever Tree)
Attractive, semi-deciduous, tall, fast-growing, distinctive, smooth lime-green branches and stem, bark is slightly flaking, powdery surface
Full sun, Partial shade, Average water to moist, Deep, fertile, sandy soil, 10 – 15 metres tall, Evergreen if watered through winter, Fast growing, Non-aggressive roots, Improves soil fertility by nitrogen fixation

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150

Adansonia digitata (Baobab tree)
Massive long-lived, deciduous tree, edible white, powdery, dry pulp around seeds very rich in vitamin C and B2, roots, leaves, fruit,  bark, sprouts and flowers are edible
Full sun, well-draining soil, very drought tolerant, water sparingly during winter,  largest succulent plant in the world, 15 to 20 m tall

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K180

Afzelia quanzensis (Pod Mahogany)
Deciduous tree for gardens and parks, large spreading crown provides good shade, attractive seeds often used for jewelers making
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Well-drained sandy soil, 12 to 18 m high, Deciduous, Zone 8-11, Average growing speed, Root system is only slightly aggressive, Edible leaves, Wood is termite and borer resistant, flowers are attractive to bees

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m  tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

Cassia spectabilis (Crown of Gold)
Spectacular ornamental tree for gardens and parks, Street and driveway liner, Spectacular in flower during autumn and early winter
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil,8 to 10 m high, Deciduous, Average to fast growing speed, Root system is not aggressive
1 m tree in 10 litre bag          
K150

Delonix regia (Flamboyant Tree)

Semi-deciduous or evergreen if watered through dry season, Striking red flowers in spring, wide spreading crown provides dappled shade
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil, 6 – 9 metres tall, Semi-deciduous, Fast growing, Extensive and far-reaching root system

1 m tree in 10 litre bag         
K150
Dombeya rotundifolia (Wild pear tree)
Semi-deciduous, spectacular show of white flowers in spring, perfect for small city gardens, excellent avenue tree, various medicinal uses
Full sun, deep loose compost-rich soil, water adequately for the first 2 years, it is not related to pear trees but the flowers resemble pear blossoms, non-aggressive root system

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

Ficus abutilifolia (Large leaf fig)

Spectacular tree for very large gardens and parks, beautiful, large, hairy, heart-shaped leaves, spreading crown, pale trunk with flaky bark
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil, 10 – 15 metres tall, Deciduous, Fast growing, Extensive root system, Attracts large number of birds during fruiting season, Vigorous and aggressive root system, National monument in Kabwe
1 m tree in 10 litre bag          
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag        
K250
Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig)
Popular landscape tree for parks and large gardens, gracefully arching branches, dense crown, excellent indoor container plant
Full sun, tolerant of low light conditions, Average water, Any loose soil, 20 – 30 metres tall, Evergreen, Fast growing, Vigorous and aggressive root system
1 m tree in 10 litre bag         
K180
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag        
K320
2 m tree in 60 litre bag         
K450

Ficus benjamina Variegata (Variegated Weeping Fig)

Popular landscape tree for parks and large gardens, gracefully arching branches, dense crown, excellent indoor container plant
Full sun, tolerant of low light conditions, Average water, Any loose soil, 20 – 30 metres tall, Evergreen, Fast growing, Vigorous and aggressive root system
1 m in tree 10 litre bag           
K180
1.5 m tree 20 litre bag         
K320
2 m tree in 60 litre bag           
K450

Ficus burkei (Strangler Fig)

Dark green spreading crown, fast-growing, evergreen or briefly deciduous, attracts masses of fruit-eating birds when in full fruiting
Full sun to shade, Average water, drought tolerant, keep moist while young, Any soil, 15 to 18 m tall, Evergreen in wetter habitats, briefly deciduous in drier climates, Fast growing, Massive root system, not suitable as a street tree or near buildings, The strangler fig is not a parasite
1 m tree in 10 litre bag           
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag         
K250

Ficus bussei (Zambezi fig)

Beautiful dark green, dense, large tree, evergreen or briefly deciduous, Fruits attract a wide variety of birds
Full sun to shade, Average water, drought tolerant, keep moist while young, Any soil, 15 to 18 m high, Evergreen or briefly deciduous, Fast growing, Massive root system, not suitable as a street tree or near buildings
1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag         
K250

Ficus sycomorus (Sycamore Fig/Mukuyu Tree)

Beautiful yellow-green bark, Fruit attracts a host of birds species, Wild animals and livestock eat the fruits and leaves, Very useful tree,  improves infiltration rate and water-holding capacity of the soil
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil, 15 to 20 metres tall, Deciduous, Fast growing, Massive root system, not suitable as a street tree or near buildings

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

Gmelina arborea (White teak)

Extremely fast-growing, large deciduous tree, 30 m tall, straight trunk,  Leaves are a good fodder and cattle eat the fruit, Flowers produce abundant nectar, which produces high-quality honey, produces good-quality pulp, wood is yellowish- to reddish-white, valuable general-purpose wood because of its dimensional stability, saws easily and has only slight blunting effects on tools, used for making furniture, plywood core stock, mine, props, matches and timber for light construction, wood burns well and makes a good fuel and charcoal, Excellent choice for large-scale reforestation programmes

2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

3 m tree in 100 litre bag
K800

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda Tree)

Deciduous, striking, ornamental tree, Beautiful purple-blue flowers during Spring and Early Summer, large, spreading crown
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil, 10 – 15 metres tall, Deciduous, Fast growing, Extensive root system

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K220
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K360

Khaya nyasica (Red mahogany)
A large, fairly fast-growing, evergreen tree, The wood is dark, hard, reddish brown and durable, suitable for furniture, flooring, panelling, and excellent for boat building, moderately heavy (air dry 620 kg/m 3), with an attractive grain. Harvesting begins within 16 years. Popular as a source of firewood and charcoal. Charcoal made from red mahogany wood has a long burning time with a gentle and steady heat. Red mahogany is perfect for using in integrated farming systems for crop production. Leaves and twig litter decomposition improve soil fertility and organic matter status of the soils that lead to an improvement in crop yield output.
Suitable to grow in most soil types, also tolerant of swampy soils. The wood weathers well and is resistant to borers and termites.

1 m in 10 litre bag
K150

Kigelia africana (Sausage Tree)
Large deciduous tree, spreading canopy, stunning large maroon-red flowers, variety of medicinal uses for livestock as well as humans
Full sun, any well-draining soil, moderate watering, 10 to 18 m tall,  deciduous,  choose plant position with care as falling fruit can severely damage anything underneath it
1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K180
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K320
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K450
Melaleuca citrina (Crimson bottlebrush Tree)
Showy evergreen tree, slender arching branches, bright red, fluffy flowers, blooms intermittently all year but heaviest in summer
Full sun, Average water to moist, Any soil, 4 to 5 m tall, Crimson red bottlebrush blooms in Spring, Summer and Autumn, Evergreen, Previously known as Callistemon citrina, Roots are usually not a problem in urban areas, very attractive to hummingbirds, Leaves are a tea substitute with a delightfully refreshing flavour, soak the flowers in water to make a sweet drink

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K220
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K360

Mulberry tree

 

Very easy to grow, fruit is very nutritious with many medicinal properties and can be eaten fresh out of hand or to make jams, pies, tarts, puddings,  Silvopasture, Leaves are highly palatable and digestible, an excellent protein-rich fodder for livestock and can be used as supplements replacing concentrates for dairy cattle, it  increase milk production of lactating goats, cows, sheep and rabbits, and improve livestock productivity.
Full sun, will thrive in degraded soils but prefers compost-rich, well-drained soil, very drought tolerant, fast growing, resistant to all major pest and diseases.

1.2 m tree
5 litre plant bag
K95

Ochroma pyramidale (Balsa Tree)

A large, extremely fast-growing tree, Balsa wood is the softest of all the hardwood, and super lightweight, one of the lightest varieties of wood available, but remarkably strong, it is considered the strongest wood for its weight in the world, used in model-building, packing, flotation devices, insulation lining for incubators, refrigerators and cold storage rooms, wind turbine blades, table tennis rackets, hobby and craft projects, toys, doll houses, doll furniture, carving and whittling. Balsa wood is lighter than cork and thus ideal for life preservers and lifebelts, wooden crankbaits for fishing, especially Rapala lures and floats for fishing nets and lines. Excellent for making biochar has great water holding capacity. Harvest in 8 to 9 years.
Balsa is a pioneer species that thrives on abandoned land, recommended for the recovery of degraded areas and soil improvements. Fast leaf turnover increases the soil organic matter content. The flowers provide abundant food for bats, birds and several insects. The seed fibre is used as stuffing for mattresses and cushions. In aeronautic modelling, Balsa Wood is very much in demand as it is a perfect wood that can easily withstand crash landings and does not cause any major damage. Valued as a component of full-sized light wooden airplanes.
40 cm tree in 2 litre bag
K38
1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120

Olea europaea ssp africana (African olive)

Neatly shaped evergreen tree, grey-green foliage, fruits are popular with people, monkeys, baboons, bush pigs, warthogs and birds, Stabilize erosion ditches
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Any soil, 8 to 10 m high, Evergreen, Average growing speed, Roots are only slightly aggressive

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K220
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K360

Paulownia elongata ( Empress Tree)
Extremely fast growing, clusters of showy, fragrant lavender flowers, wood is attractive, strong, lightweight, quick-drying, easily worked and will not split or crack when nailed, Leaves are rich in nitrogen and protein, makes a good fodder for livestock such as goats, sheep, pigs, beef and dairy cattle, Harvest within 8-10 years
Paulownia produce woody biomass for renewable energy, bioethanol, biogas, novel bioplastics, pellets, timber chips and charcoal, protects soil from erosion, wood is used to make furniture, doors, gift boxes, bowls, toys, clogs, handicrafts, musical instruments, used for construction lumber, insulation, plywood and veneer, planes and ship construction, biochar, and leaves are used for fertilizer (green manure), new trees grow from the stumps of felled trees

40 cm tree in 2 litre bag
K38

Rotheca glabrum (Tinderwood Tree)
Semi-evergreen, attractive flowers, dense crown, leaves used as a natural insect repellent, used to repel bees when collecting honey, berries attract birds
Full sun to Partial shade, Average water, drought tolerant, Any rich, well-drained soil, 6 to 8 m high, Semi-deciduous, Fast growing, Non-invasive roots, Flowers attract butterflies and bees, Berries are eaten by numerous bird species, and game and livestock consume the leaves.

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K220
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K360

Sesbania grandiflora (Vegetable Hummingbird Tree)

Soft-wooded, loosely-branching, nitrogen-fixing tree,  Young leaves, seedpods and flowers are edible and loaded with nutrients including protein, minerals and vitamins, flowers are eaten raw in salads, boiled, deep-fried, or used in curries, soups, and stews, young leaves and shoots in salad, stews, or as potherbs and young pods boiled and sautéed. 
Full sun, Average water, Any soil, nitrogen fixing, 6 to 8 m tall, Deciduous, Fast growing, Non-invasive roots, Important agroforestry species for food, green manure, forage, valued fodder for cattle and goats, particularly for dry season feeding, ideal for rehabilitating eroded hills, wood is a major source of pulp for use in making paper

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K220
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K360

Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip Tree)
Popular ornamental tree for large gardens and parks, beautiful orange-red tulip-like flowers in spring and summer, very long flowering period
Full sun, Average water, Rich well-drained soil, 15 to 20 m high, Evergreen if watered through winter, Fast growing, Potentially destructive roots, plant some distance away from buildings

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

Terminalia mantaly (Umbrella Tree)
Beautiful crown with layers of branches, very popular tree for city gardens, sidewalks, parking areas, Evergreen if watered during winter and dry season
Full sun, Average water, drought tolerant, Well-drained, medium to light soil, 10 m tall, Evergreen if watered through winter and dry season, Average to fast growing, Non invasive root system

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380

Toona ciliata/ Cedrela toona (Indian mahogany/Australian red cedar)
A large fast-growing tree, red timber, easy to work and very highly valued. Was referred to as “red gold” by Australian settlers. The wood is used for boat building, high-grade furniture and cabinet making, cigar boxes, matchboxes, decorative plywood and veneer, food containers, interior trim, joinery, musical instruments, ornamental work, panelling, boxes and crates, building materials, exterior uses, millwork, mouldings. Harvesting begins within 14 years. Good for charcoal production and fire wood due to its rapid growth. A fibre obtained from the bark is used for twines and the manufacture of string bags. Leaves are used as a vegetable and also lopped for fodder. Important bee plant for honey production. Good for phytoremediation of areas with herbicide residues and of metal-polluted soils.
Drought tolerant. Fairly good resistance to termites and other timber pests.
40 cm tree in 2 litre bag
K38
1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K120
Trichilia emetica (Musikili tree/Natal Mahogany)
Dense shade tree used in large gardens and parks, also a popular street liner, Makes a terrific indoor plant if placed near bright light
Full sun to Partial shade, Average water, Compost-rich, well-drained soil, 20 to 25 m tall, Evergreen, Moderate growing speed, Non-invasive roots, Popular wood for woodcarving in eastern and southern Africa

1 m tree in 10 litre bag
K150
1.5 m tree in 20 litre bag
K250
2 m tree in 60 litre bag
K380