A tall evergreen tree that naturally occurs in watercourses and damp areas in South Africa. Has glossy green leaves with a sharp toothed margin and the young shoots are reddish in colour and enclosed in two large spoon-shaped stipules. The flowers are small and creamy white clustered along a flower stalk (like a bottle-brush). It is a very attractive garden plant that grows well in wet areas and attracts insects and birds when in flower (Summer and Autumn). Traditionally used to treat nervous complaints. The wood is used to make furniture, as it has a very fine grain and is a hard wood. Uses: A fast growing and decorative garden tree. Used as timber and to treat some nervous conditions.