Kanuka

Kunzea ericoides


An early coloniser of bare ground kanuka forms an excellent nursery for regenerating species. What is not always recognised that whereas manuka dies out from lack of light, kanuka continues to grow and forms one of the canopy species in bush which has had a number of years to regenerate, In the reserve the stately kanukas can be seen extending above the vegetation in a number of areas. It has a bark similar to totara, quite strippy but with little growth on it. The falling leaves form a mat of short needle like objects under the trees. The young kanuka, planted around the edge are part of the revegetation process.
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