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Bliss your brain with this gentle upright New Zealand native tree, Hungere (Hoheria angustifolia). In full bloom this graceful tree is a sight for sore eyes as it blushes with tiny white flowers, almost entirely covering the foliage. Hungere, also known as Narrow-leaved Lacebark, is the smallest of the Ribbonwood-Lacebark group.

It is a hardy forest specimen which grows quickly to five metres at ten years, up to a maximum of 10 metres. Riparian by choice of habitat, Hungere is generally a lowland forest species with a preference for the fertile alluvial soils on swamp edges and stream banks. Entirely absent north of Taranaki, this tree can be found throughout the remainder of the country. It is robust in all natural habitats, growing on most soils, tolerating drought, wind, and severe frost. As a juvenile, H. angustifolia is a dense unruly shrub with fine rust-coloured branches that tangle with one another. As it develops towards adulthood a single straight trunk forms, and the leaves change their appearance.

The mature foliage is constituted of small mid-green, sharply serrated leaves which create an overall slender, vaguely billowed shape. Flowering is prolific and only occurs once the tree has matured and left its divaricated juvenile form behind. It usually begins in January and continues to March, changing the colour of the tree as the tiny white flowers compete for visibility with the foliage. Fruit develops between February and April in the form of dehiscent (characterised by splitting or bursting open) pods which ripen and split into five winged sections, each carrying a seed.

The fishnet-like multi-layered internal bark of Hungere was used for delicately ornate weaving for such items as kete, headbands, and hat and cloak trims. When twisted and plaited, it made useful ropes and cord.

$95 each         $450 each

Angustifolia describes the leaf form and means, narrow-leaved. As a member of the Ribbonwood-Lacebark group with the typical layers of inner bark not unlike fishing net, Hungere was subjected to bark stripping in much earlier years for the manufacture of rope and cording. Stripping was done from the ground and reached only as high as the bark-stripper could manage, resulting in the loss of many trees. The government of the day outlawed 'Tihore te rakau' (barking) according to Beattie (1994) who recorded this information supplied by southern informants in 1920. The bark could also be scraped, dried, and beaten into material suitable for making cloaks, kete, poi balls, belts, head adornments, and piupiu.

  • Hungere is very good firewood
  • The timber is easily split 
  • It is strong, has a tight grain, and is resilient but in sustained contact with the ground it decays quickly as it also does when it becomes damp
  • An ideal tree for larger gardens (maximum height 10m)
  • In full sunlight this tree flourishes
  • Hungere grows effortlessly from fresh seed, but young sprouts transplant well
  • Find seedlings under or near parent trees where they are often prolific

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


(Hoheria populnea)

Houhere is a smallish tree which grows fast up to a maximum of eleven metres. From February to April. H. populnea produces masses of fragrant white flowers. In the wild this robust tree is found in lowland forests from the far north (including the Three Kings), as far south as Taranaki. It is an excellent specimen tree and works well in larger gardens, and as a sheltering backdrop for landscaped developments.

 $95 each


(Plagianthus regius)

Manatu is the tallest of the deciduous natives, growing fast to five metres at 10 years, up to a maximum of twelve metres. This hardy, good-looking tree prefers riparian and coastal habitats, but is found nationwide. Blooms prolifically from October to January and is a bird attractant, particularly kereru. Frost hardy, dioecious, and long lived with a pronounced juvenile stage.

  $95 each       $220 each      $450 each
                                                             (available in 2020)
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