Afrikaans name: Rooiboswilg
Red Bushwillow tree
The Red Bushwillow is found in areas of dry savanna at low to medium altitudes. In South Africa it is confined to the north-eastern region of the country but it has a widespread distribution in other parts of Africa.
It grows to a maximum height of around 10 metres but they are often much smaller. The leaves are very variable in shape ranging from fairly slender to almost round. The flowers are strongly scented and appear during spring and summer. They range in colour from geenish to yellow. The fruit is reddish-brown in colour and has four wings.
The wood of the Red Bushwillow is not particularly useful as it cannot be cut into large enough planks. It is, however, regularly used to make fence posts. The wood is resistant to borers and white ants.
Leaves of the Red Bushwillow
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 260
A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 66
Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 169
Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 99
Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 136
Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 254
Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 23
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 352
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 796
Wild Issue 27 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 82