Carpodetus serratus (putaputaweta)
Carpodetus serratus is found throughout New Zealand on forest margins and stream banks to an altitude of 1050m. It forms an attractive tree with upright spreading branches making it suitable for shade or specimen planting. It will grow to about 5m. The juvenile form has tangled growth with smaller, rounded, serrated leaves, while the adult foliage is oval with a shallow serrated edge and is mid-dark green with lighter green marbling. The bark is smooth and greyish white. The tree can be smothered with panicles of tiny white flowers during summer. These are followed by pea sized black capsules. It prefers a deeply dug, good soil and ample moisture. Propagation by seed or cuttings.