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Combretum kraussii

Common names: Forest Bushwillow (E); Bosvaderlandswilg (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Combretum kraussii

SEMI-DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

12m x 7m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Combretum kraussii

DESCRIPTION

A small deciduous tree or shrub with a dark grey and furrowed bark. The leaves go through several colour changes with the seasons. Fresh young leaves are green in spring and become streaked with white at the beginning of summer. They return to green in mid-summer, turn red in autumn and fall in winter. The mature leaves are dark glossy green above and silvery-white below. The creamy-white folwers appear with new leaves. The 4-winged fruit becomes russet-red when mature.

LANDSCAPING USES
An attractive garden subject that attracts birds.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Woodland
FOLIAGE
BARK
FRUIT

4 Responses

  1. Hi Stella

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Combretum kraussii naturally occurs in forests, so your tree may actually be in a suitable position. If it’s healthy, no need to move it. The slow growth could merely be because it is still establishing its roots. You could perhaps give it a boost with the application of an organic fertiliser and some compost.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi, I see these trees prefer full sun, yet are found in forest and woodland . I had one planted in a semi shade area in my KZN coastal garden -about 2 kms from the Indian Ocean, amongst established and new trees of various ages and sizes ( currently receives merely some half day sun- more when surrounding deciduous trees lose their leaves, but these are mostly evergreen or only semi deciduous and faster growing than the Combretum). My question is, should I transplant this tree to another site or would this be enough sun? The tree was planted in 2016 and is doing well but growth is much slower than expected.

    Many thanks and kind regards

    Stella Richter

  3. Hi Imelda

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    You’ll need to plant Combretum kraussii at least 3 metres from any structure to avoid damage at a later stage.

    In the Western Cape, your best source is probably the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. I live in Moorreesburg, in Western Cape. Very low winter rainfall and extremely hot summer temperatures.
    I do not have much gardening space, but need trees for shade. What is the root structure? I hope not invading.
    Is this tree obtainable in major nurseries >?

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