Scientific name: Aristotelia serrata
English name: Wineberry
- native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, small garden or balcony, wetlands and water features
A multi branched fast growing tree with thin, heart-shaped serrated leaves. The leaves have light green upper surface, prominent veins and reddish coloration on the leaf underside. The leaves of young trees are often a reddish purple. In Wellington wineberry it is semi-deciduous, losing most of its leaves by the end of winter. Grows up to 10 metre high, but often smaller with a trunk up to 30 cm in diameter. Male and female on different trees. Attractive white flowers in spring, later developing a rose-pink and wine colouration. Both young leaves and the fleshy berries following flowering are eaten by kereru as well as other native birds.The berries range red or black and are edible and also can be squeezed and strained to make a sweet drink.
Often used as a colonising plant in eco restoration as it is easy to establish. Full sun to moderate shade, wet tolerant. Tolerates light frost and wind.
Provides for birds
Provides for lizards
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