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Karaka Trees – Best In New Zealand!

Growing colourful NZ-native plants such as Karaka trees in your garden delivers a vast range of benefits:

We have the largest variety of NZ-native Karaka plants, and the right one for your space. Our Corynocarpus laevigatus have been selected to thrive in NZ’s climate. We stock only the highest quality plants, sourcing them locally, and from NZ’s leading nurseries. Each plant is packed and transported with extreme care, ensuring it arrives to you in the same condition it was in when it left the nursery. If you are wanting to buy Karaka trees, shop with confidence from the best in the industry

Corynocarpus laevigatus Questions

1. Are Karaka fast growing?

Karaka trees are fast growing trees and can reach four metres tall in just five years. They are native to NZ and are known for their glossy foliage and orange fruit. The fruit is edible but must be cooked thoroughly before eating.

2. How do you grow a Karaka tree?

To grow a karaka tree, you can start from seed or from a seedling.

From seed:

  1. Soak the seeds in water overnight.
  2. Plant the seeds in a well-drained potting mix, about 20 mm deep.
  3. Water the seeds regularly and keep them in a warm, sunny spot.
  4. The seeds should germinate within 1-2 weeks.
  5. Once the seedlings are a few inches tall, transplant them into individual pots or into the ground.

From a seedling:

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
  2. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of the seedling.
  3. Amend the soil in the hole with compost or manure.
  4. Place the seedling in the hole and backfill with soil, firming gently to remove any air pockets.
  5. Water the seedling thoroughly and mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

3. How tall does Corynocarpus laevigatus grow?

The height of Corynocarpus laevigatus, also known as Karaka, can vary depending on environmental conditions, but it typically grows up to 15 metres tall. It is a fast-growing tree, and it can reach a height of four metres in just five years.

4. Where are karaka trees found in NZ?

Karaka trees are found in many places as outlined below:

5. Did Māori eat karaka berries?

Māori traditionally ate karaka berries, and they were actually a staple food source for many communities! While the raw berries are poisonous due to a toxin called karakin, Māori developed ingenious methods to process them into a safe and nutritious food.

Here's how it worked:

  1. Harvesting: The ripe berries, called koroi or kopi, were collected around March to April.
  2. Processing: The berries were soaked in water, sometimes for weeks, to leach out the karakin. Water changes were frequent, especially over the first few days.
  3. Cooking: After soaking, the berries were steamed, roasted, or baked in an umu (earth oven). This further neutralized the toxins and made the kernels edible.
  4. Preserving: The processed kernels, called piko, could be kept for months or even years by drying them in the sun.

Karaka piko were a versatile food. They could be eaten plain, ground into flour, or mixed with other ingredients to make various dishes, including:

The karaka tree itself was also culturally significant for Māori. Its wood was used for building houses, carving weapons and tools, and making canoes. The leaves were used for weaving mats and roofing, and the flowers were valued for their fragrance.

6. How do you plant a karaka tree?

Planting a karaka tree can be a rewarding experience, but it's important to do it right to ensure its success. Here's a guide:

7. Are karaka trees native to NZ?

Karaka trees are native to New Zealand. They're a beautiful and culturally significant part of the country's flora, with a fascinating history and unique role in the ecosystem.

Karaka trees belong to the genus Corynocarpus, and all five species within this genus are found only in New Zealand and its surrounding islands like the Kermadecs and Chathams. This means they evolved and exist naturally nowhere else on Earth, making them truly endemic to the region.

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