One of New Zealand's
best known trees, Kanuka can be found growing throughout New
Zealand in scrub and forest.
have a musty, heady scent and smother the tree like a white blanket
through summer. They are smaller than the similar manuka, and
carried in greater abundance.
Kanuka is also taller
than manuka, growing to 10m+. It is a tough coloniser of poor soils
and tolerates harsh conditions; excellent for native revegetation projects
or shelter planting.
The tree's scientific
name is Kunzea ericoides (ericoides = resembling heather). Prior
to being allocated a separate genus, kanuka was previously known as
wind-blasted on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
In more sheltered
locations Kanuka forms an attractive canopy tree.
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