Large leaved milk tree
Scientific name: Streblus banksii
Maori name: Ewekuri
Other names: Towai
(10m - 15m)
- native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, partial shade, shelter, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden
About Large leaved milk tree
Once widespread, today regarded as relicts. This "At Risk" species is a fast growing, with a rounded crown and works well as ideal soiltary specimen or even as a hedge. On the rodent infested mainland and islands trees are eaten by possum and goat. Rats and mice readily eats the fruit, seeds and emerging seedlings. and as a consequense, the tree has become a rare sight. The species is regarded by the Department of Conservation in Wellington
Conservancy as a high priority for protection and species recovery.
Up to 12 meter tall tree has smooth pale grey trunk up to 80 cm wide which when injured exudes the milky sap, hence the name milktree. The dark green leaves shows clear veins on underside with a shiny upper surface. Male and female individuals are on different trees with small flowers in spring, in clusters of long spikes. The flesshy fruits are bright red and ripens in autumn and are a good source of food for birds.
Provides for birds