Trees of South Africa

© Nigel Dennis
The tree is a well-known symbol of life - a fresh start, positive energy, good health and a bright future. The tree generates oxygen, stores carbon, stabilises the soil and gives life to the world's wildlife.

South Africa has a plethora of iconic, indigenous trees that add to the beauty of South African biodiversity. delivers factual and educational information on indigenous trees, such as the grand Baobab and Marula trees, the sausage tree and the quiver tree.


All species of baobab trees are deciduous, meaning they shed their leaves annually. This tree is very unique in its appearance and can grow to great sizes, ranging from 5 to 20 m in...more

Marula Tree

The marula tree has a history that dates back thousands of years. Archaeological evidence has shown that this tree has been a nutritional source since about 10 000 BC. The marula...more

Sausage Tree

The sausage tree carries beautiful flowers varying from blood red to maroon, hanging down in long panicles. Animals such as bushpigs, the impala, duikers, baboons and lovebird come...more


The tamboti tree is of medium height, and has characteristically dark and rough bark. It is a deciduous tree spotted by various colours with distinct growth increments. It exudes a...more


The welwitschia is a very strange plant with long, wide, strap-like leaves that grow on the ground. The plant only grows two leaves in its lifetime, which break into separate segments...more