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Meryta sinclairii, commonly known as Puka is a unique and attractive evergreen tree native to New Zealand. 



  • Size: Meryta sinclairii can grow into a medium to large-sized tree, reaching heights of up to 10 meters or more under optimal conditions.
  • Leaves: The leaves are large, glossy, and leathery, with a distinctive palmate shape that resembles a hand with outstretched fingers. Each leaf typically consists of 5 to 9 leaflets, giving the tree a tropical appearance.
  • Flowers: Meryta sinclairii produces small, greenish flowers that are not particularly showy.
  • Fruit: After flowering, the tree may bear small, round fruits that change from green to black as they ripen.


Growing Conditions:


  • Sunlight: Meryta sinclairii thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers bright light, but some shade can be beneficial in particularly hot and sunny climates.
  • Soil: This tree prefers well-draining, fertile soil. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils.
  • Watering: While established Meryta sinclairii trees can tolerate some drought, they prefer regular watering, especially during dry periods. Avoid waterlogged conditions, as this tree does not thrive in overly wet soil.
  • Temperature: Meryta sinclairii is well-suited for temperate to subtropical climates. It can tolerate light frosts, but prolonged freezing temperatures may damage the foliage.
  • Wind Tolerance: Puka trees are known for their excellent wind tolerance, making them suitable for coastal and exposed locations.
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is generally required. However, occasional pruning to remove dead or damaged branches can help maintain the tree's health and appearance.
  • Propagation: Meryta sinclairii can be propagated from seeds or stem cuttings.


Meryta sinclairii is a stunning and unusual tree that can be used as a focal point in gardens or parks. Its unique palmate leaves and graceful growth habit give it a tropical vibe, making it an appealing choice for landscapes. As a native New Zealand tree, it also provides valuable habitat and food sources for local wildlife.

Meryta sinclairii

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