Habitat: Lowland and montane forests, North and South Islands
Description: Tree, to 40 feet, trunk pale gray, smooth; leaves elliptic, to 4 inches long, margins usually undulate; flowers yellow, fragrant, to 1/4 inch long, in many-flowered terminal panicles; capsule 2-valved, to 1/4 inch in diameter, glabrous.
Uses: A resin obtained by incision or bruising the bark is used as a chewing gum. The resin is also used as a hair oil, in pot pourri and to treat halitosis.
Culture: Grow in fertile, well-drained soil and keep moist over summer to maintain the foliage at its best. They need full sun or part-shade, and a sheltered position in colder areas.