Combretum imberbe is the most impressive of our combretums; even when dead, leadwood presents an imposing display.
It is the tallest of all the South African combretums. It has a spreading canopy and is extremely slow growing. The snakeskin-like bark is one of the main features that make identification easier throughout the season. Dead branches and shoots often remain on a matured tree for years. The colour of the trunk is pale grey to white. The leathery leaves are arranged opposite each other.