Island Tree List

Posted on 4th October 2009 by admin in


Numbers indicate SA National List of Indigenous Trees.

423   False Currant (Allophylus decipiens)

578   Cape Beech (Rapanea melanophloeos)

409   Candlewood (Pterocelastrus rostratus)

383.2 Blue Kuni-bush (Rhus glauca)

463   Cross-berry (Grewia occidentalis)

302.1 September Bush (Polygala myrtifolia)

736.1 Bush-tick Berry (Chrysanthemoides monilifera)

410   Kooboo-berry (Cassine aethiopica)

99     Cape Sumach (Colpoon compressum)

401   Cape Blackwood (Maytenus peduncularis)

733   Wild Camphor Bush (Tarchonanthus camphoratus)

520   Cape Coast Cabbage Bush (Cussinia thrysiflora)

395   White Bristle-bush (Metalasia muricata)

385.2 Dune Currant (Rhus laevigata)

599    Sea Guarri (Euclea racemosa)

579    White Milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme)

380.1 Dune Crowberry (Rhus crenata)

383.2 Blue Kuni-bush (Rhus glauca)

298    Cape Ash (Ekebergia capensis)

388.1 Glossy Currant (Rhus lucida)

603    Common Star-apple (Diosporos dochrophylla)

640     Forrest Num-num (Carissa bispinosa)

Bruinsalie (Salvia africana-lutea)

Asparagus (Asparagus aethiopicus)



Recent “tree” incidents on Sedgefield Island have prompted us to highlight the importance of indigenous trees in the Conservancy.  Apart from their intrinsic natural beauty, the indigenous trees in the Sedgefield Island Conservancy play an important conservation role. The milkwoods on the waterfront verge, as well as the coastal shrubbery and undergrowth, are key to the protection of the embankment from erosion. Where such vegetation has been replaced by treeless/shrubless grass verges, the embankment has suffered extreme erosion despite efforts to protect them by artificial means (sandbagging and mesh).

Please be aware that all trees, (whether “protected” or not) growing on waterside embankments, street verges and public open spaces are the property of the Knysna Municipality and may not be removed, pruned or in any way damaged without the express involvement of the Municipality.

Furthermore, the National Forest Act No 84 of 1998 has specified certain indigenous tree species to be “Protected trees”. In terms of this Act, it is prohibited for Protected Trees (which include Milkwood, Yellowwood and Stinkwood) to be damaged, destroyed or removed without the landowner having obtained the necessary permit from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment (DFFE). Such permission is not lightly granted.  

This regulation applies to all owners of properties on which a protected tree stands.  In the case of trees in public spaces such as those on the Island, the Knysna Municipality would have to motivate the necessary permit from DFFE.

No tree, whether protected or not, can be unilaterally pruned or removed by a third party without the consent of the property owner on which the tree stands. Furthermore, compliance with the legal requirements that may apply in terms of the National Forest Act No 84 is a prerequisite




Save the birds and the bees, by not cutting down the trees.  




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