More than 140 indigenous trees are discussed in detail with the following information provided for each tree:
- A detailed species description, diagnostic features, flowering and fruiting periods, natural distribution and habitat.
- The ecological role and utilisation by mammals, birds and insects.
- Economic value and use by people, including use in gardens and on the farm, as a source of food for humans and animals, fiber and medicine.
- Properties of the wood and its utilization.
- Specific guidelines on propagation and cultivation of each species.
- A map indicating the distribution in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho is given for each species.
- The book also include an introductory section on tree propagation by seen, cuttings and truncheons, a table on the utilisation of indigenous trees by wildlife, references for further reading and an index to the common and botanical names.