Combretum kraussii is a fast growing, deciduous to semi-deciduous, small tree with glossy dark green leaves that turn vivid red and purple in autumn. Flowers are small, white, sweetly scented puffballs that attract both birds and insects . This tree has a neat shape and is one of our most decorative trees
It occurs in evergreen forest, wooded valleys and open woodlands; also on rocky hillsides and mountain grassland.
The Forest Bushwillow deserves a spot in any grassland, savanna or forest garden. It prefers a mild to warm climate and once established it is reasonably frost and drought resistant. Protect from frost when young.
It’s beautiful autumn colour persist on the tree all winter adding a splash of colour. It is truly a tree for all seasons.
It tolerates shade well and can be grown in a large container on a patio. Trim to keep a neat shape.
Propagation is from seed sown at a depth of 3-5 mm in a well-drained medium. Protect seedlings from too much moisture – check that the soil drains well. Shelter seedlings from severe heat and cold for at least the first year.