Norfolk Island hibiscus tree, white oak, whitewood, pyramid tree
Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
A commonly planted tree in coastal and lowland areas of northern New Zealand. Popular because it is very fast growing and once established wind, salt and drought tolerant. The seeds are enclosed in long hibiscus-like pods, these are covered in bristle-like hairs which can cause major irritation if they pierce the skin.
September - April but sporadic throughout the year
Present throughout the year
1994 (published 1996)
Norfolk and Lord Howe Island groups. The Queensland plant long treated as a subspecies (subsp. bracteata (Benth.) P.S.Green) has recently been elevated to species rank as L. queenslandica Craven.
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
Long-lived perennial tree
By seed - in good conditions can start to flower within four years of germination
Long-lived, forming a seed bank with seed germinating only when conditions are suitable.
Mainly spread by inappropriate coastal plantings, careless discard of garden clippings and down water courses near which it has been planted. The seeds are enclosed in somewhat buoyant pods.
Cold sensitive. Drought, wind and salt tolerant