An attractive small to medium-sized tree, rarely more than 10 m tall, from the eastern part of South Africa and Swaziland, where it is generally found on rocky hillsides, from sea level to 1200 m. It presents bright green, rounded leaves, particularly attractive in winter, when they turn bright red to purple. Heads of creamy-white flowers appear after the leaves have fallen, followed by clusters of brownish red winged fruits. A fast growing, moderately drought resistant ornamental for tropical and warm temperate climates. For best germination results, it is recommended to soak the seeds in water for 1 hour prior to sowing. Combretum kraussii has a variety of applications in traditional medicine.