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Hoheria populnea, commonly known as Lacebark or Houhere, is a semi-evergreen tree that is native to New Zealand.
 

Description:

  • Size: Lacebark is a medium to large-sized tree that can reach heights of 10-15 meters (33-49 feet) or more. It has an upright, columnar growth habit with a spreading crown.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Hoheria populnea are dark green, lobed, and serrated. They are broadly ovate or heart-shaped, measuring about 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) in length. In colder regions, the tree may lose its leaves during winter.
  • Flowers: Lacebark produces attractive clusters of small, fragrant white flowers. The flowers have five petals and appear in abundance, creating a showy display. They bloom from late spring to summer.
  • Bark: The bark of Hoheria populnea is thin and papery, with a distinctive lace-like texture. It peels away in patches, revealing a smooth, pale brown or grayish trunk beneath.

 

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Lacebark is well-suited to temperate climates. It thrives in areas with mild, frost-free winters and warm summers. It is commonly found in coastal regions of New Zealand.
  • Sunlight: Hoheria populnea prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade but generally grows best in a sunny location.
  • Soil: The tree prefers well-draining soils that are fertile and rich in organic matter. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils.
  • Watering: Lacebark requires regular watering, especially during the establishment phase. Once established, it becomes more tolerant of dry conditions but still benefits from occasional deep watering, particularly during extended dry periods.
  • Maintenance: This tree is generally low-maintenance. It may benefit from occasional pruning to maintain its shape and remove any dead or damaged branches. Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

 

Hoheria populnea is commonly used in gardens and landscaping for its ornamental features, including its attractive flowers, peeling bark, and overall graceful appearance. It can be grown as a specimen tree, in mixed borders, or as a shade tree. Additionally, it provides habitat and food for birds and attracts pollinators with its fragrant flowers.

 

Hoheria populnea

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