Native plants


Scientific name: Melicope ternata

Pioneer Tree (under 10m) - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, shade, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony

About Wharangi

A stunningly lime green small coastal tree, growing up to 5 metre tall. The two species of Melicope are the only members of the citrus family to be present in New Zealand. As with other members of this family, both Wharangi (Melicope ternata) and Poataniwha (Melicope simplex) emit a pleasant scent (from oil glands) when the leaves are crushed. The lime green glossy green leaves is made up of three leaflets at the end of a long stalk with leafs size up to 7-10cm. Older leaves turn slightly greener. Wharangi can be regarded as a small tree or a large shrub. Small yellowish green or white scented flowers appear in early spring followed by brown capsules each with 4 small pods containing one black shiny seed from late spring to earky winter in some places.The black glossy seeds also add to the attractiveness of this species.

Easily grown tree, that will adapt to most soil types, and while it does well with year-round water, will tolerate droughts periods as well. Grows in full sun or part shade and good for border or mixed shelter belts, may need shelter in coastal conditions and can be frost tender when young.
Ideal tree for even the smaller garden.

Provides for birds

  Nectar Fruit Seeds
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