Hoheria populnea A.Cunn.


Evergreen to semi-deciduous tree to 10 m or more tall. Bark of mature trees layered and with a lace-like pattern. Branchlets thin, grooved. Leaves mostly 8-14 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, broadly ovate to d-shaped, deeply and doubly toothed, leathery, long-pointed. Leaf stalk thin to 2 cm long. Flowers about 2.5 cm wide sometimes solitary or in clusters of 5-10 flowers, the flower stalks about 1 cm long; petals white; autumn. Fruits mostly 5, flattened, 5-7 mm long with wide wings.

New Zealand

Grows naturally on the North Island in coastal and lowland forests.

The bark supplies a fibre and the wood is used as a commercial timber that has local medicinal uses.

VIC: Mt. Macedon ('Alton').


H. sexstylosa Colenso differs in being more hairy, with flowers less than 2 cm wide in clusters of 2-5; carpels 6-7.

Source: Beers, L.; Spencer, R. (1997). Hibiscus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hoheria populnea 'Alba Variegata'

Leaves with creamy-white margins.

Originated as a sport of 'Variegata' in Duncan and Davies Nursery, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Hoheria populnea 'Variegata'

Leaves with a central yellowish, pale-green, mosaic blotch.

Originated pre 1926, and sometimes sold as 'Aurea Variegata'.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Hoheria A.Cunn.