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Leadwood tree

Afrikaans name: Loodhout

Leadwood

Leadwood tree

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Combretum imberbe

The Leadwood tree is found from KwaZulu-Natal to Tanzania. This tree enjoys a protected status in South Africa.

It can reach a height of 20 metres. It is estimated that a Leadwood tree can live for 1000 years.

The wood is used for making fine furniture as well as railway sleepers.

The name of the Leadwood tree refers to the heavy weight of the wood.

Leadwood Tree leaves

Leaves of the Leadwood tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 168

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 173

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 28

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 100

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 100

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