Mountain sage is either a multi-stemmed, densely bushy shrub or small tree.
Dombeya pulchra is multi-stemmed and the slender branches are smooth, wrinkled and often covered with glandular hairs. It grows on rocky hillsides or mountains at high altitudes.
Oncoba spinosa is a spiny shrub or small tree with pretty white flowers and is known for the snuff boxes that can be made from its hard-shelled fruit. Plant in a protected spot.
Combretum apiculatum has long slender, drooping branches, giving the tree a willow-like appearance.
Ehretria rigida is an attractive shrub with an interesting shape formed by its tangled branches that arch downwards. It can be used in an informal hedge or as a security barrier.
The speckled and knobbed main stem makes it very unusual. When the leaves are crushed, they smell like lemon.
Combretum krausii is a fast growing tree with glossy dark green leaves that turn vivid red and purple in autumn. It has a very neat appearance.
Vangueria infausta is one of South Africa’s more popular veld fruits, and can be enjoyed while walking. The edible fruit has a pleasant sweet-sour, mealy taste.It is well suited to a smaller garden or on a rockery.