What is this willow-like tree?

Gardening & Landscaping Asked by JonathanC on December 15, 2020

What is this tree?. I though it was a willow of some kind? but cant find a definitive answer.

It has dark cracked bark, long drooping willow like leaves. The stems are red. There is a red vein running through the leaves.

This image taken from google earth on dick burton road, cape town. There are a good number of these lining the road.

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5 Answers

Callistemon viminalis, weeping bottlebrush.

The bark matches, and it is a commonly planted (invasive) tree in South Africa.

Moved to genus Melaleuca in 2012, but searching using Callistemon gives more results.

I will see if I can find a suitable picture.

Answered by Polypipe Wrangler on December 15, 2020

I’m suggesting a melaleuca from the Myrtle family...

Melaleuca leucadendra

From Wikipedia... “commonly known as weeping paperbark, long-leaved paperbark or white paperbark”.

Answered by andrewbuilder on December 15, 2020

Looks like a Eucalyptus to me. Perhaps Eucalyptus goniocalyx. Do the leaves have that eucalyptus smell (mentholy, medicinal smell)?

Answered by Eric on December 15, 2020

After viewing the full-sized image of the leaves, I question my initial answer of Podocarpus, (Poducarpus leaves are hairless).

I now believe this to be a species of Callistemon. Try Callistemon linearifolius, Callistemon phoeniceus or Callistemon rigidus. It could be one of many species or related trees such as Melaleuca.

The telltale flowers of the Callistemon would be a dead giveaway. Any chance you've seen any flowers since your original post?

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Answered by Brenn on December 15, 2020

Salix arbusculoides willow with red stems

Answered by stormy on December 15, 2020

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