Whiteywood (māhoe)

Whiteywood, named after its white wood and bark, is another one of the most common New Zealand trees. Its fast growing leafy stems can push up through fern and branch into rounded trees, allowing other trees to regenerate beneath.

In spring māhoe produces masses of scented flowers along the bare upper stems and these mature into violet-coloured berries, relished by native birds. Māhoe has soft wood and was used by Māori to generate fire, and the wood soot and juice from the berry were ingredients in tattooing dye.


Māhoe—photo Amber Tate