Plagianthus regius

Life Form:
New Zealand's largest deciduous tree

Flowers Seeds Dispersal:
Dioecious - has separate male and female flowers on separate trees. Seedlings will appear under mature trees.

This tree was once common along Waikato riverbanks but has been largely replaced by willow. The root system copes well with damp ground and is one of our best indigenous tree for controlling erosion along rivers and streams. Because it is deciduous, manatu is easily transplanted in the winter when it is dormant and after a while the profusion of seedlings appearing under mature trees will become a valuable resource for further planting.