Knysna Tree List - Self-catering accommodation Knysna, Garden Route
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation

Knysna Tree List

Forest Edge Flora & Knysna / Garden Route Tree List

Trees of the Garden Route – One of the less common reasons people decide to visit Forest Edge is the unique opportunity to spot indigenous trees, not only the forest giants, but the special kinds of pioneer trees and shrubs often found at the forest’s edge. Although not always easy to identify as the leaves, seeds and fruits of some trees are high, it offers unparalled variety and is rewarding for the dedicated treespotter.

As one of our guests wrote about Forest Edge “as you slow slow to its rhythm and the beat of its hospitable heart” you will increasingly attune and identify more. From the giant almost 900-year old yellowwood Big Tree at the Dalene Matthee Memorial nearby, to the sexy “Bosvlier” with its bridal veil in Spring, the wild pomegranate, monkeynut, right through to the abundance of bracken and arum lilies that grace the moist forest edges. Ironwoods that “bleed” black, another’s tree trunk mysteriously cold as a fridge, insect-eaters, a variety of fungi to decorate the decay of yesteryear’s growth. Many trees with ancient healing applications, others alive with exotic story. Trees of Life all around. We cannot possibly discuss all we see here around us, but this should give you an idea of what even the amateur treespotter will be able to identify, moreso as some of the more common trees are marked on the Forest Edge eco-trail. We never cease to be charmed by the abundant and magical gifts of the forest. Bring your binoculars, walking shoes and treespotters guide, and explore to your heart’s content on a Forest Walk or around your cottage…

Quicklinks to other Nature-lovers’ Lists: Knysna Bird list; Knysna Mammal list;

Please see a few of the photos of trees and other plants taken at or near Forest Edge below, before and after the actual Tree List. Guest photos are acknowledged in the hover-over.

Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation




Botanical name

2Tree FernBosboomvaringCyathea capensis
16Outeniqua YellowwoodKalanderPodocarpus falcatus
18Real YellowwoodOpregtegeelhoutPodocarpus latifolius
32Wild BananaWildepiesangStrelitzia alba
38Mountain WaxberryBergwasbessieMyrica serrata
39White StinkwoodWitstinkhoutCeltis africana
50Wild FigWildevyeboomFicus Capensis
74TerblansTerblansFaurea macnaughtonii
118StinkwoodStinkhoutOccotea bullata
139White Cape BeechWitboekenhoutPittosporum viridiflorum
140Red AlderRooi-elsCunonia capensis
141White AlderWitelsPlatylophus trifoliatus
142Witch-hazelOnderbosTrichocladus crinitus
147Red StinkwoodRooistinkhoutPrunus africana
221KeurboomKeurboomVirgilia oroboides
254KnobwoodPerdepramFagara davyi
256Cape ChestnutWildekastaiingCalodendrum capense
261White IronwoodWitysterhoutVepris undulata
298Cape AshEssenhoutEkebergia capensis
380Red CurrantBostaaibosRhus chirindensis
397Cape HollyWithoutIlex mitis
398Silky BarkSybasMaytenus acuminata
399Spike ThornPendoringMaytenus heterophylla
401Indigenous BlackwoodInheemseswarthoutMaytenus peduncularis
409Candle WoodKershoutPterocelastrus tricuspidatus
410Cape CherryKoeboebessieCassine aethiopica
414Bastard SaffronBastersaffraanCassine perugua
415SaffronSaffraanEleaodendron croceum
422White PearWitpeerApodytes dimidiata
452DogwoodBlinkblaarRhamnus prinoides
457Stock RoseStokroosSparrmannia africana
463DewberryKruisbessieGrewia occidentalis
479Cape PlaneRooihoutOchna arborea
494Wild PeachWildeperskeKiggelaria africana
496Red PearRooipeerScolopia mundii
498Thorn PearWolwedoringScolopia zeyheri
503Wild MulberryWildemoerbeiTrimeria grandiflora
513Hard PearHardepeerOlinia ventosa
520GonnaGonnabosPasserina falcifolia
570AssegaiAssegaaiCurtisia dentata
578Cape BeechBoekenhoutRapanea melanophloeos
579MilkwoodMelkhoutSideroxylon inerme
603Monkey PlumTolbosDiospyros dichrophylla
611Forest Monkey PlumBostolbosDiospyros whyteana
615Ornate-leaved IronwoodFynblaarysterhoutChionunthus foveoluta
617Wild OliveSwartolienhoutOlea capensis
618Bastard IronwoodBasterysterhoutOlea capensis subsp. capensis
618.2IronwoodYsterhoutOlea capensis subsp. macrocarpa
634Wild ElderBosvlierNuxia floribunda
636False OliveWitolienhoutBuddleia saligna
637Wild SageWildesalieBuddleia salviifolia
639Poison BushGifboomAcokanthera oppositifolia
640.3Forest Num-numBosnoemnoemCarissa bispinosa
641KamassiKamassieGonioma kamassi
670Tree FuchsiaNotsungHalleria lucida
688Wild PomegranateWildegranaatBurchellia bubalina
693Wild GardeniaWildekatjiepieringRothmannia capensis
708Turkey-berryBokdrolCanthium inerme
710Rock AlderKlipelsCanthium mundianum
711QuarKwarPsydrax obovata
733Camphor BushSaliehoutTarconanthus camphoratus
736.2Bush-tick BerryBietouChrysanthemoides monilifera

This official list was obtained from Sanparks in Knysna; please let us know if you spot any errors or ommissions and we’ll let them know.

Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Knysna Self Catering Accommodation

*** Seeing this enticing Forest Edge Tree List of Knysna Forest trees of the Garden Route, we hope you will visit us for a treespotting breakaway.
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