Kanuka (Kunzea Ericoides)
Kānuka (Kunzea ericoides), although superficially similar to mānuka, is a rather different plant.
The trunk and branches are usually clad in long, leathery strips of bark, rather than the short, papery, rather flaky brown bark typical of the tree forms of mānuka/kahikātoa. Kānuka leaves lack the sharp tip of mānuka/kahikātoa. The flowers of this species are usually solitary but occur in clusters. The capsules of kānuka split open to release their seeds.
In its typical form it can grow into a tree up to 30 m tall. The species has a wide range of tolerances and has been found growing around active geothermal systems. It can be found from sea level to 1800 metres.
- Suitable for primary planting
- Suitable for riparian planting
- Suitable for slope stablisation
- Drought tolerant
- Wind tolerant
- Frost tolerant
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