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Commonly known as the Karaka tree, a native plant species found in New Zealand.

 

Description:

 

  • Size: The Karaka tree can grow up to 10-20 meters in height, depending on the growing conditions.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Corynocarpus laevigatus are glossy, leathery, and dark green in color. They are alternate, simple, and elliptical-shaped, with smooth edges.
  • Flowers: The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are greenish-yellow in color. The flowers are typically borne in clusters.
  • Fruit: One of the distinctive features of the Karaka tree is its fruit. The fruit is a large, orange, fleshy drupe that contains a single seed. However, it's important to note that the fruit is toxic and should not be consumed by humans or animals without proper processing.

 

 

Growing Conditions:

 

  • Climate: Corynocarpus laevigatus is well-adapted to temperate climates, particularly in coastal areas. It can tolerate mild frosts but prefers regions with mild winters and warm summers.
  • Sunlight: The Karaka tree thrives in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a range of light conditions but prefers bright, indirect light.
  • Soil: It prefers well-draining soils that are fertile and rich in organic matter. However, it can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.
  • Watering: While the Karaka tree is relatively drought-tolerant once established, it benefits from regular watering, especially during dry periods. Adequate watering is crucial during the establishment phase.
  • Wind and Salt Tolerance: Corynocarpus laevigatus is moderately tolerant of coastal conditions, including salt spray and wind. It can be suitable for planting in coastal gardens.
  • Maintenance: The Karaka tree requires minimal maintenance once established. Pruning may be done to maintain a desired shape or remove dead or damaged branches.

 

 

 

Corynocarpus laevigatus Karaka

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