Corynocarpus laevigatus (karaka)
Corynocarpus laevigatus, commonly known as karaka, is a handsome canopy tree found in coastal forests of the North Island and, less commonly, the South Island. The oblong leaves are large, leathery and a glossy dark green. They offset the oval orange drupes that ripen in autumn. Fallen fruit emits a rather unpleasant odour as it rots and this, together with the fact that the kernels are poisonous, should be considered when a planting site is chosen. Karaka grows into a well foliaged upright tree of 5-15m. It is tolerant of a wide range of conditions including sea breezes but may need frost protection when young. Suitable for growing in a container.