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Corynocarpus laevigatus (Karaka)

New Zealand Laurel, Laurel

The average plant height is 70 cm
The average plant height is 100 cm
The average plant height is 200 cm
The average plant height is 180 cm
The average plant height is 220 cm

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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Trees
Height:8.00 m
Spread:5.00 m
Flowering time:Spring
Tolerances:Coastal, Shade
Garden uses:Parks, Ponds, Screening, Specimen
Garden styles:Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Formal, Frontyard, Modern, Native
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Corynocarpus laevigatus (Karaka) Details

Commonly known as Karaka, this is a handsome, NZ native tree that features large and glossy, green leaves. The lush foliage is adorned with cream-green flowers in spring which result in fragrant and fleshy, orange fruit in summer. The fruit, however, are toxic to animals but not birds. It typically grows to 8 m tall and 5 m wide, performing best when planted in full sun or partial shade on a well-drained site. It tolerates coastal environments and moderate frost once established. The Karaka is commonly included in coastal gardens, planted as a screen or informal hedge, or grown as a lovely specimen. NB: any plantings must consider the risk to children and animals.

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