Friday, January 1, 2010

Friday flowers

This is the pretty pink flower of our native manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium).

The manuka is our most common native tree. It grows to 4 metres tall relatively quickly and provides a perfect habitat for other slower growing native trees to germinate and grow underneath.  The manuka has proved integral in regenerating native New Zealand bush in areas which were deforested by European settlers on arrival here 150 years ago. Wind blown manuka trees

It’s a similar looking tree to the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) but is a different species with some very different medicinal properties. Manuka oil has excellent antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial activities.  The honey resulting from manuka nectar is pretty special as well.


  1. Beautiful, definitely makes me all envy!
    I just posted a bunch of pics on my blog with a bit chillier atmosphere so to say...

    I'm glad to have you back, too!


  2. Love those trees, so achitectural. They remind me, sort of, of the cypress trees that grow along the Cailfornia coast and get all twisted by the wind.


    Happy New Year Lou!

  3. I really like Tee Tree. Wonder if there is also Manuka products?

  4. Those trees are so beautiful! They're kinda apple trees...but much more beautiful!

    It must be lovely to see in COLOR, Lou!

  5. Our property in Russell was covered in Ti Trees. I was going to ask if that is the same as the honey and lookie you answered me - YAY!!!''
    GAWD I love NZ horticulture!!

  6. Those trees are soo coool. We have heard here of the amazing honey from way down south.

  7. These trees have soul Lou. Love them. The flowers are amazing too. They kind of remind me of dogwood flowers.


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