SA No. 539

Combretum imberbe

Hardekool / Leadwood

Family: Combretaceae

Where can i find this tree. Locations to follow soon – watch this space!


Probably the most well know firewood and braaiwood in South Africa. The Afrikaans name Hardekool means hard coals and when you make a campfire with Leadwood, the coals will still be glowing red the next morning, when you blow the ash off! The wood is very durable and widely used for furniture as well. Also one of the heaviest woods in South Africa, being the reason for the name Leadwood.

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The trees are often used by birds of prey to nest in, or to hunt from. Insect eating birds will also be seen in these trees searching for a meal. Look out for Kingfishers, Shrikes and Forktailed Drongos.


Game such as Impala, Giraffes, Elephants and Kudus will eat the leaves.

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