Evergreen, endemic to New Zealand.
Common lowland and coastal forest trees, kohekohe are found from North Cape to Nelson. Long drooping spikes of green-white flowers grow directly from the trunk and branches. The buttress roots of the trees help identify them in the forest.
Kohekohe are suffering from browsing by possums, which love the big glossy leaves and compete with native birds for the small green-orange fruit.
In pest-affected areas, kohekohe trees are now not regenerating naturally.
The wood is known as ‘New Zealand mahogany’ – it was used by Māori for canoes, and later by European furniture-makers.