The Real Yellowwood is said to be the tree most utilised by settlers, who turned the pale wood into everything from coffins to fine furniture. As a result, it was ruthlessly harvested, including from the Ferncliffe forest, where old specimens are rare.
In forests, this lovely evergreen tree grows to 30 metres but it is a slow grower. The Real Yellowwood is dioecious, that is, there are male and female plants. The reddish fruit is eaten by monkeys, bushpigs and birds. Once upon a time, the yellowwoods of Ferncliffe would have provided food and shelter for the endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). In forests where the parrot still exits the kernels are its preferred food.