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Dance your eyes away for a couple of minutes,
and bring your thoughts with them to the restful green of
one of New Zealand’s native trees, the White Maire
(Nestegis lanceolata). If you can’t be with a native tree, then eyeball one in your thoughts.

The Tūhoe recognise two Maire genders; the female, maire rauriki, and the male, maire-rau-ririki (Best 1908).

White Maire is an upright dioecious forest specimen which grows to 4 metres within ten years, to a maximum of 15 metres at maturity. This hardy evergreen carries an attractive rounded head, prefers good soil, and is found from North Cape to as far south as Nelson and Marlborough. N. lanceolata has coarse creased bark on its straight trunk while smaller branches are smoother. Its coriaceous longish narrow leaves are dark green. It produces greenish flowers from November to January and begins to fruit in December through to February, bringing enthusiastic kereru and other fruit-eating birds swooping in for the red-berried feast. These trees are drought tolerant but suffer under deep frost when young.

The timber of White Maire is hard, heavy, and durable, with a compact even grain. Maori used it for tools, weapons, and load-bearing construction. Early settlers made good use of the heavy wood too but it constituted substantial milling and handling problems. It had to be worked while it was still green in order to mill fence-posts and materials for building stockyards. Consumers also found the tough wood a challenge when it came to stapling the posts for fences but the upside was that they lasted forever. 

 

                     
 $90 each           $650 each           $1450 each

White Maire is an ideal specimen or street tree, and because it is often ignored for this type of use, it also makes an excellent statement tree.

  • Wood turners love this relatively rare yellow to light brown timber. While being turned it exudes a distinctive aroma, and delivers items with fine glossy finishes. Having been particularly appreciated for the making of woodwind instruments in the past, White Maire has more recently been resurrected for the manufacture of golf clubs. 
  • The timber was used by Maori in early years also to make root pounders, flax beaters, digging sticks (kaheru) for fern root, and bark beaters. Pioneers used it to make sheaves, cogs, machine beds, and for wheelwright’s work.
  • Nestegis lanceolata was sought after for firewood because it produced little smoke and burned exceedingly hot - hot enough to make short work of fire grates. Splitting the wood was no mean feat and most easily achieved when it had developed cracks or while it was still green.
  • The White Maire fruit is a tiny drupe, a single stone surrounded by flesh
  • New trees are easily grown from fresh seed, but cuttings often don’t ‘take’.
  • Collect seed from the ground and soak to remove any fruit pulp, then clean, dry and stratify for several months at approx. 4°C.
  • Sow seed 5mm deep in good seed raising mix. Seeds should germinate in August/September.

Other Maire species currently in stock at takana native trees include:

Oro Oro

(Nestegis Montana)

Oro Oro is a hardy, upright lowland-forest specimen growing to a height of four metres within ten years, and up to a maximum of fifteen metres. It prefers more sheltered growing conditions. Oro Oro flowers inconspicuously from November to January, and produces red berries from December to March, attracting fruit-eating birds. Because of its rarity it makes an ideal statement street tree. Yields quality durable timber.

           
$95 each          $650 each

Black Maire

(Nestegis Cunninghamii)

Black Maire is a tall, hardy, upright forest specimen with fast growth up to 4m in ten years, to a maximum of 20 metres. It is dioecious, has medium narrow leaves, and red berries. Widespread in much earlier times, Black Maire is now relatively rare in its preferred environment from Nelson, north. The wood often known as ironwood, is highly valued for its density.


T.B.A (available in 2020)

Coastal Maire

(Nestegis apetala)

Coastal Maire is long-leaved native with deep green leathery foliage and is an elegant spreading northern coastal tree. It is hardy, thriving in similar conditions to those that favour Pohutukawa, and will grow to four metres within ten years, up to a maximum of six metres. Produces small reddish, sometimes yellow fruit. Coastal Maire is drought tolerant, sturdy in strong wind, does well in salt air, but is frost sensitive.

                    
$70 each           $95 each           $550 each
* All prices are exclusive of GST

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