Habitat: Coastal and lowland forest, south to latitude 44Ýsouth
Description: This New Zealand evergreen normally makes a 20-30 ft (6-9 m) tree with a dense, rounded crown. The broad leathery leaves are lustrous deep green and up to 8 in (20 cm) long. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers are followed in fall (autumn) or winter by orange-yellow fruit 3/4-1 1/2 in (18-38 mm) long, each containing a large, highly poisonous seed - it was only after careful treatment and roasting that this was made safe to eat by the Maoris.
USDA Zone: 9-11
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 198500638
Accession Date: 12-31-1985
Bench: 1207 - AUS:East Bench NC
Qty: 2 confirmed on 01-24-2017
Poisonous Plant Parts - Not for Human Consumption Fruit is edible, but seeds are poisonous.