It is native to Gambia, Ghana and other parts of Tropical Africa, where it is cultivated for its large, 4-winged seeds and its ethnomedical uses.
Combretum erythrophyllum is a large shrub 5-10 ft tall, growing in low-lying forests. It prefers full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade, and needs regular water to bloom. This plant produces a multitude of bright yellow-orange flowers, which are highly attractive and often used in dried flower arrangements.
This hardy shrub can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11, but might grow in hot regions with cold nights. For those in colder regions, it is best to grow this shrub in a pot, so you can more easily move it indoors when temperatures drop. To have success in colder climates, be sure the shrub is planted in a well-drained potting mix and is protected from gusts of wind and cold nights with coverings or frost cloths. Keep the soil moist, not wet, and water regularly, particularly in dry or warm regions.
Combretum erythrophyllum is a beautiful and colorful shrub that makes a great addition to any garden. The flowers are highly fragrant and attract both birds and pollinators, and the fruits that follow make great snacks for kids. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this bush makes a wonderful ethnomedical plant and is used traditionally to treat digestive and menstrual disorders.