Mitzeeri or Coastal Golden Leaf
A medium to large (can reach 20m, though normally 8 – 10m) deciduous tree, it originates in the swamp forests on the eastern seaboard of Africa. It develops a straight, stout trunk with a spreading crown of dense branches, and the leaves are simple, large and glossy green above and paler below. Flowers are small in clusters during spring, followed by small oval fruit that ripens in summer and is eaten by birds and occasionally humans. It is a lovely, fast-growing tree for larger frostfree gardens, and the beautiful golden to orange autumn leaves and coppery-red new growth in spring makes this tree highly ornamental.