Hedycarya arborea (pigeonwood)
Hedycarya arborea, commonly known as pigeonwood, is found in forests throughout the North Island and as far south as Banks Peninsula. It is an attractive tree, growing 5-10m with dark green oblong leaves with shallowly serrated edges. The flowers are insignificant but fragrant, with male and female arising on seperate trees. The bright orange red berries are a favourite of the native wood pigeon, hence the common name, but trees of both sexes are needed for the berries to be produced. Pigeonwood prefers a sheltered site with plenty of moisture and good soil in semi-shade. Frost tender when young. Propagation by seed or cuttings.