A handsome coastal canopy tree, naturally found throughout the North Island in coastal forest . In the South Island it is only found in the Marlborough Sounds.
The waxy white flowers grow on long panicles from the branches and the trunk in early Winter.
Male and female flowers are borne on separate trees.
The fruit takes 15 months to ripen.
Individual trees flower in alternate years as there are no flowers in the season that the tree is maturing it's seed capsules.
These seed capsules eventually split to reveal 3 large seeds enclosed by bright red-orange fleshy arils, which are eaten by the native birds.
Bird distributed seed
- H 5 - 10m
- Semi-shade and shade
- Requires shelter and a rich moist soil
- Frost tender when young
- Provides food for native birds
Plants supplied are ecosourced from the Tamaki and Waitakere Ecological Districts.