A Layman’s Guide to Identifying Indigenous Trees

31 January – 2 February 2020

This practical weekend course will teach you how to identify indigenous trees starting with 20 samples of common Gauteng tree species. We will show you how to take a lot the pain out of using keys to identify trees. Included in the 20 trees selected are some of the species that often confuse beginner and some quite experienced tree enthusiasts.

The course presenter is Malcolm Hepplewhite.

Course structure:

  • The terminology of leaf structures and arrangement on trees, and an introduction to using Braam van Wyk & Piet van Wyk’s “Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa”.  Friday, 31 January 19:00 – 21:00
  • Use the key in the van Wyks’ guide to identify the 20 different tree samples. Saturday, 1 February 08:30 – 16:30.
  • A guided walk around Lesokeng to identify trees in habitat. Sunday, 2 February 08:30 – 12:30

You will need:

  • A copy of Braam van Wyk & Piet van Wyk’s “Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa”.                                                                                            (Published by Struik Nature, and available from Takealot for about R369.)
  • I recommend having a high strength magnifying glass or jewellers’ loupe – at least 10X-18mm.                                                                                        (Loupes can be purchased online at Wantitall for approximately R450 – R500.)
  • Pen and paper on a clip board for notes.
  • An old telephone directory or two to press your tree samples.
  • Magic tape or masking tape (for marking samples).
  • A small collapsible stool for the field exercise.



The course will be held in the Bea Thompson Hall at Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery, 363 Valley Road, North Riding.


The weekend course is scheduled for the last weekend in march:

to start on Friday evening, 31 January to Sunday lunch time, 2 February 2020.


  • On Friday evening start at 19:00 and end at 21:00.
  • On Saturday start at 8:00 and end at 16:30.
  • On Sunday start at 8:00 and finish 12:00 – 12:30.


On Saturday there will be two short tea breaks, one in the morning and a second in the afternoon. There will be a longer lunch break around mid-day, please bring your own lunch.

On Sunday we will return to the lecture hall for a tea break.

Coffee / tea / cold water / biscuits for tea time will be supplied.

Cost:      The cost is R850.00 per delegate or R750.00 each for groups of 2 or more.

To book or inquire about the courses:

Phone Malcolm on 082 900 8324, or contact us by email (witkoppen@webmail,co.za) or via the message form on the “Contact Us” page on our website WitkoppenWildflower.co.za or more details. To book for the course phone the nursery on 011 516 0260 or by email.