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Combretum erythrophyllum

Common names: River Bushwillow (E); umDubu (Z); Riviervaderlandswilg (A); Modibo (NS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Combretum erythrophyllum

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

HIGH WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

10m x 13m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Combretum erythrophyllum

DESCRIPTION

A magnificent deciduous tree with delicate green spring foliage. The leaves darken and become glossy when maturing. In Autumn, they turn red before they get shed in winter. The grey-brown trunk is gnarled and crooked, giving the tree a unique and magical charm. In spring, the tree bears small, lightly scented greenish-yellow flowers. The fruit has a papery four-winged shell with a seed in the centre.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers attract bees and other insects. The seeds are favoured by barbets and other birds. Wasps lay their eggs in the fruit wall and the larvae feed on the seeds.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. Drought-resistant.
LANDSCAPING USES
Suitable for large gardens, office parks, parking lots and school grounds.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Forest, Formal, Water, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.

4 Responses

  1. Hi Rian

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Combretum erythrophyllum is used in many parts of Gauteng as a street tree. It does tend to have an aggresive root system in some locations though, so you may wish to consider alternatives such as:

    – Heteropyxis natalensis (Lavender tree)
    – Bolusanthus speciosus (Tree wisteria)
    – Kiggelaria africana (Wild peach)

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Glenice
    We’re looking to replace some Box Elders that were badly affected by PSHB. Th Combretum erythrophyllum seems to fit the bill, especially as a street tree, we just need to be sure it does not have an aggressive root system and can be plant between the street and the pavement, without risk of lifting either.
    Thank you very much.

  3. Hi Robin

    Thanks for visiting our site.

    Tree prices will vary between suppliers. It would be best to view specimens at different suppliers to get a better understanding of the stock available and their pricing.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi Glenice, it is so comforting to have come across an expert like yourself I live in Gauteng in a complex and have a 1 meter wide walled garden around my pool area. My neighbours have built a double storey house which now overlooks my pool area and I am hoping to plant a ‘wall’ of trees to reclaim some privacy. I like the sounds of the lavender tree and would really appreciate your advice. I have looked at the 100 liter tree at 3 meters tall and would be good to know what I should expect to pay for a Lavender Tree of this size. Many thanks,

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