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Entelea arborescens Whau.

April 25th 2004

Entelea arborescens Whau

Leaves 10-24 cm long rounded with small hairs.
North Cape to Raglan near the coast. And local to Nelson.
Distinguishing feature: large rounded leaves with small tough hairs.
This small tree with its large leaves and yellow/white flowers creates a tropical feel in northern coastal gardens. Whau has one of the worlds lightest woods, much like Balsa. Pre-european Maori used the wood as floaters on their fish nets.
It is quick growing and can be 3 m. tall in a year or two. The seed capsules are an interesting  feature and hold up to 100 seeds.
Sow the seeds finely and germination should begin in a month or two.

If you wish to learn more about native plants I suggest one of these natural history books from fishpond

Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees



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