The Forest Bushwillow is an attractive, deciduous tree, no matter the season. It retains its rich autumn colour for most of the winter and only has a leafless period of about one month. It attracts insect-eating birds because it serves as a host plant for butterflies – the summer foliage is a rich source of food when the caterpillars emerge.
Combretum kraussii is versatile enough to serve as a specimen tree, or to provide background foliage, to line a street or just to provide shade. It is fast growing, hardy and will tolerate moderate droughts and frost. It does best if planted in full sun.