Found throughout North Island and as far south as Banks Peninsula.
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Hedycarya arborea is a small upright tree that is endemic to the Three Kings, North and South Islands. A common forest tree of coastal and lowland forest margins, extending into montane areas in the warmer parts of the North Island. The tree can reach a max height of 12m. Hedycarya arborea has dark green glossy leaves that are oval shaped with softly toothed edges. The tree flowers from October to December producing small sprays of green and white fragrant flowers, followed by bright orange oval shaped fruit in March through to June. The fruit is avidly sought after by kereru bird, reflecting its common name 'Pigeonwood'.
Best for planting in warmer conditions (top of North Island). The tree requires a sheltered position and semi shade. Frost tender when young.
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