Common Name: Puriri Tree
The handsome Vitex Lucens, a classic native with beautifully rounded canopy of brilliantly glossy leaves in vibrant green & the winter berries a favorite for our Keruru, NZ wood pigeon.
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Common Name: Rata and Pohutukawa natural hybrid
These Metrosideros ‘maungapiko’ NZ natives are a natural hybrid between Pohutukawa and Southern Rata, incorporating good frost tolerance with beautiful large crimson-red flowers through mid-summer. It holds the striking beauty of the southern Rata whilst maintaining the adaptability and vigour of the the Pohutukawa. Originally discovered on Great Barrier Island on the Hauraki Gulf by plantsman Graeme Platt. The mother tree on the island has unfortunately been recklessly destroyed to make way for a road. This species is rare in cultivation and worthy of protection.
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Common name: Tanekaha Celery Pine
Tanekaha Celery Pine is a native coniferous medium-size forest growing tree. It is an attractive native tree with a conical shape, often found growing naturally with the New Zealand Kauri and commonly grown in the North Island and in the Marlborough/Nelson area. Its common name ‘Celery Pine’ comes from the celery-like foliage of this graceful tree. The Maori made fairly extensive use of Tanekaha, as it is one of the strongest and most flexible native softwoods. Our photos show the very pretty miniature fruits that appear in spring/summer.
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Common Name: Pohutukawa
The iconic Pohutukawa is a much-loved native tree which emanates the warm familiar feeling of our own kiwi culture. It is sometimes known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree because its bright crimson flowers herald the arrival of the long-anticipated summer holiday period and adorn the christmas season & festivities with its brilliant colour.
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Metrosideros ‘excelsa’. Moon Maiden
Common Name: Pohutukawa
The stunning and eye-catching yellow flowering Pohutukawa! The Metrosideros ‘excelsa’ Moon Maiden is every bit as ‘New Zealand’ as its red flowering cousin, just with slightly more rarity and individuality. The attractive yellow/creamy flowers blend pleasantly with the silvery velvet underside of the leaves which creates a visual ambience. It is a coastal tree often growing into a great climbing tree or tree hut location for children.
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Common name: Karaka
The Karaka or New Zealand Laurel is a very full and dense evergreen tree. It makes an instant visual impact with its brilliantly glossy and vivid green leathery foliage which commands attention. It flowers in late Winter/Spring with delicate green/cream clusters. The large orange berry-like fruits appear in summer. The Karaka Tree’s simple elegance produces a timeless style into the landscape in which it is implemented. It makes a great privacy screen or shade canopy.
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