Distribution is from Mangonui to the Bay of Plenty. Towai is not as tall growing as kamahi, it has different foliage but flowers are similar.
Weinmannia silvicola is a small native New Zealand tree also known as towai or tawhero. The tree can reach a height of 15m and naturally grows in the northern parts of the North Island in forests and frorest margins. Towai has thick and leathery leaves which have blunt toothed edges. Māori would boil the bark and use it as a remedy for skin diseases. The tree produces clusters of white flowers off the tips of branches making them droop nicely from spring into summer.
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