SelecTree: Tree Detail
NEW ZEALAND LAUREL
Photo Locations: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, CA, Hobart, AU, Quail Arboretum - Encinitas, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA
Attractive but slow growing tree for mild climates. Poisonous fruit.
Native to New Zealand.
Additional Common Names
NEW ZEALAND LAUREL, KARAKA TREE, KARAKA NUT
Erect with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 40 feet.
Width: 5 - 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Oblong, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Orange Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown, Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 16 - 17 and 23 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Poisonous Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Corynocarpus laevigatus Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
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SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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