South African Trees

Truly South African Trees

South Africa has a rich flora variety with some of the most beautiful and exotic tree and plant life in the world. The country’s large vistas of semi-desert and grassland could come across as exhibiting a firm poverty of plant life, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, a tract of untouched grassland is able to hold as much as 50 different grass, plant and tree species. As a further illustration of the South African tree and plant population, as much as 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in the country.

Our country is also the only country in the world that features an entire plant kingdom within its borders, namely the Cape Floral Kingdom. Even though it only represents about 0.5% of the continent’s size, this area plays host to about 20% of the entire continent’s flora.

Affordable South African Trees from Windy Willows

These and other reasons make it plain to see that South African trees and other plant life is in abundance, and that we stand second to none when it comes to our beautiful flora. At Windy Willows Nursery, our wholesale nursery, located in Honeydew, we stock more than 200 different types of South African trees, perennials, shrubs, selected herbs and ground covers.

Specifically, we produce a range of more than 50 different trees which can be categorised as small, medium and large garden trees. Some of our trees normally feature invasive root systems which cannot be planted too close to a residential property, while others have shallow root systems which are ideally suited to small gardens. Our trees are categorised as exotic or indigenous, however one shouldn’t mistake all exotic trees as being invasive.

We also provide information on which trees are evergreen or deciduous. Our recommendation for small complexes would be to invest in deciduous trees so as to allow the sun to warm the properties during the winter months. During summer when most people covet shade the deciduous tree can help to keep your home cool.

Yet another crucial point to consider when choosing the type of tree to invest in is whether it is hardy or frost tender. A practical example of this could be if you intend to plant an Acacia Fever Tree in Johannesburg. This tree requires protection in winter in the first few years. Once the tree is above about three meters tall and has survived its first few winters, it should be able to survive on its own. Frost tender trees don’t thrive in climates that drop below 3 degrees C in winter. These are only a few of the considerations to keep in mind when mulling over which South African trees to invest in.

At Windy Willows Nursery, we have a team of seasoned sales professionals who are well-versed in the different species of trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants and their associated detail. This places them in the favourable position to provide you with the best advice as to where these plants and trees will be able to thrive best. If you are looking for a wide variety of affordable and beautiful South African trees sold at wholesale prices direct to the public, visit Windy Willows Nursery located only ten minutes’ drive from Northgate Shopping Centre in Honeydew.


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