Tutu

Tutu (toot, Coriaria arborea) is a bushy small tree with broad shiny leaves in opposite pairs and flowers and berries in long tassels. Good example can be seen on the granite cliff along Porter’s Beach and by the Tinline bridge. In Māori legend it was one of the first trees because it clothed the bare earth. As a nitrogen fixing plant that colonises infertile slips it grows quickly and so starts the return to forest cover. Māori used tutu medicinally and drank the juice of the ripe berry, however the rest of the tree is very poisonous and early Europeans reported it caused serious stock loss.

 

Tutu

Tutu