Tree #1 Historic Trees of Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s First Jacaranda

In October, the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, are a riot of purple blossom from the spectacular jacaranda tree. In this episode, Gus, the African Plant Hunter, takes us to the site of the very first jacaranda tree in Harare. Introduced to Zimbabwe in the 1890s, the jacaranda is native to Mina Gerais in […]

Tree #45 Historic Trees of Zimbabwe – The Fossil Trees of Detema

Conifers, in Africa? Surely not! But wait, these aren’t ordinary trees. These are fossilised trees, and they’re 200 million years old! Join Gus, the African Plant Hunter, on his visit to Detema Dam in the iconic, elephant-filled Hwange National Park to track down Tree #45 in Lyn Mullin’s book, Historic Trees of Zimbabwe.

Tree #74 Historic Trees of Zimbabwe – The Giant Ebony of Nyahungwe

Deep in the heart of Gonarezhou National Park, a stand of large Diospyros mespiiformis trees serve to remind us of the times gone by when some of the main exports from Africa were ebony and ivory. Both are found in this magnificent park – the ivory mostly moves around on four legs and doesn’t like […]