Common Name: Ngaio
Scientific Name: Myoporum laetum / Mousehole Tree
Height at Maturity: 10 meters
Time to Maturity: 10 years
Growth Rate: Fast
Regions: Throughout the New Zealand
Habitat: A hardy plant that can take salt spray, tolerates mosts soils and prefers full sun.
Domesticated Uses: Being a hardy tree it will establish itself quick easily. it has a nice flower and the Tui love the fruit!
Medicinal Uses: Has historically been used as a mosquito and sandfly repellant, as well as for tooth aches.
Forest Uses: Likes lowland forests with Nikau, occasionally found in pure stands.
Leaves: Fleshy green leave that have yellow oil glands dotted over them.
Flowering Time: October – January
Flower Description: White with purple spots
Fruiting/Nectar: January – June
Birds Life: The Tui loves the ripening fruit of the Ngaio.
Toxicity: The oil in the leaves can cause sickness and/or death in livestock including horses, cattle, sheep and pigs causing liver damage.
Planting Instructions: Plant after the last frost!