The rustling sound of leaves blowing in the wind and birds singing from branches are a gentle reminder of the magnificence of trees. Trees provide shade, shelter and food for several creatures while purifying the air around us.
This spring you can help to improve our environment and add value to your property by planting a tree. Two trees to consider are the Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) and the Apple-leaf (Philenoptera violacea) which have been named the common and uncommon trees of the year respectively.
The Marula Maroela, also known as the Marula tree, is a medium-sized to large tree that has a rich history in South Africa and is known for its nutritional benefits and tasty fruits.
The Apple-leaf, or Appelblaar in Afrikaans, is a medium-sized to large tree that produces a beautiful show of sweetly-scented flowers in colours ranging from white and pink to bluish-pink, mauve or deep violet from September to December.
For more information about caring for these trees, visit your nearest GCA Garden Centre.