Also Known as: Pigeonwood
Height - 12m
Hedycarya arborea (NZ Native)
Hedycarya arborea is a common understorey tree in conifer–broadleaf forest. It grows to a maximum height of 16metres. It is common on margins of lowland and montane forests throughout the North Island and warmer parts of the South Island. This is the only species of the Hedycarya genus in New Zealand. Hedycarya arborea has ascending branches with a trunk up to up to 50cm diameter, with smooth, dark to almost black bark. It has thick, leathery, bright green leaves are 5-12.5cm long by 2-5 – 5 cm wide with coarse margins and distantly spaced teeth. They can be can be elliptic or ovate and have distinct veins, a shiny upper surface and dull underside.Hedycarya arborea is dioecious (has male and female trees). During October and November, many flowered branched racemes are produced from the leaf axils. The fleshy sweet-smelling, hairy male flowers (8-12mm across) have a green tinge, and they are short-lived.The female flowers are 6mm across. During October to February berries develop in groups on radiating stalks. A first they are green and they ripen to a bright orange. The berries are oval, about 1cm long and are a favourite food of wood pigeons and of possums.
Approximate viable seed per gram:3
Packet of 15 seeds $18.0
100 seed packet $56
How to Grow
Recommended pre germination seed treatment:
Soak seed in cold water for 24 to 48 hours prior to sowing.