The most diagnostic feature of the Mopane tree is undoubtedly the butterfly-shaped leaves, which are bright green when they emerge but turn into a kaleidoscope of autumn colours later in the season. These colours are characteristic of the landscape for many months of the year. Most specimens are multi-stemmed and spread upwards in a narrow V-formation with a wide-spreading, rounded but relatively v-formation sparse crown. The bark is light to dark grey in colour and has very prominent longitudinal fissures.
Significant Trees in Mopani Region
The majestic trees of Limpopo have played a significant role in shaping the lives and legends of the inhabitants of this province. Until today trees characterise the contours of this region and provide many a visitor with lasting impressions. Some of the most commonly seen trees are the Baobab, Nyala, Fever, Mopane and Marula trees.