SA No. 537
Fluweelboswilg / Velvet bushwillow
Splendid trees looking very similar than their cousins, the Large-fruited bushwillows. One big difference is the much bigger size of the fruit of the Large-fruited bushwillow and then there is the leaves… The leaves of the Velvet bushwillow feels (you guessed it!) like velvet. Good fire and braai wood, as with the other Combretums.
Insect eating birds can often be seen in these trees looking for insects like Crombecs, Puffbacks, Helmet-shrikes, Batises. Babblers like to scratch around on the ground between the leaves flushing out hiding insects.
Nyalas, Impalas, Kudus, Eland and Duikers will eat the leaves on the trees, as well as fallen leaves during winter and early spring.