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Vangueria infausta

(Wild Medlar)

Vangueria infausta Wild Medlar SA Tree No. 702 is a deciduous tree, (small) which is frost resistant, drought resistant and is happy in the full sun. The cream flowers occur in spring. This tree attracts birds and mammals and has non-aggressive roots. The fruit is used to distil brandy and is edible. The roots and leaves are medicinal yet it is considered unlucky so the wood is not used.

Ziziphus mucronata

(Buffalo Thorn)

This medium sized, deciduous tree is frost resistant, water wise and grows in the sun. This is a great bird garden tree as it attracts the insect, fruit and nectar eaters as well as being used for nesting sites. It also attracts butterflies. It could be used as an informal hedge/screen or as a thorny security barrier. It is an important fodder tree for game farms. It is protected in Free State. The raw fruit is edible, or it can be cooked into a porridge or roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The nutritious leaves are cooked as spinach and the wood is useful fuel. It is an important medicinal tree and it has many magical uses.

Zanthoxylum capense

(Small Knobwood)

Protected in Free State, seeds used to make perfume, bark used for toothbrushes.

Searsia leptodictya ( Rhus leptodictya )

(Mountain Karee)

Searsia leptodictya ( Rhus leptodictyra) Mountain Karee SA Tree No. 387 is a small evergreen tree which is frost resistant and drought resistant. It grows in the full sun and has yellow flowers in summer. It attracts birds, butterflies and mammals and is useful for hedging/screening. As it has non-aggressive roots it is used as a street tree or a shade tree in a small garden.

Schotia brachypetala

(Weeping Boerbean)

This large deciduous tree is relatively frost resistant, water wise and grows in the sun, shade or semi-shade. The stunning red flowers open in summer and they attract birds, the insect, fruit and nectar eaters. It is also used for nesting sites and attracts butterflies. The bark is traditionally used to make the sangoma's red dye and the seeds are roasted and eaten. It’s a magical tree and is used to ward off evil. It’s a show stopper when in flower but do remember that it drops nectar on parked cars, hence the common name!

Rhamnus prinoides

(Dogwood)

Grows in most parts of the country and grows to 4-6meters. It makes a rounded, evergreen screen which is attractive with its glossy green leaves. It is useful in a bird garden as the fruit is relished by birds. It also attracts butterflies. It is used medicinally and is planted as a lightening protector. The leaves are used in the beer and wine making.

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