Matai resembles miro, growing throughout New Zealand. Slow growing with neatly arranged needle-like foliage.

Prumnopitys taxifolia (Matai or Black pine) is an endemic New Zealand dioecious coniferous tree with a broad crown on stout upright spreading branches and it grows on the North Island and South Island. It grows up to 33 m high, with a trunk up to 2.35 m in diameter and is thought to have a lifespan of a 1000 years. It has grey-brown dotted bark that flakes off in thick round or oval chunks, whitish underneath, leaving red patches on the trunk.

The fruit is a fleshy, oily, aromatic, terpene-tasting, purple-black drupe with a glaucous bloom. The stone is more or less circular (5.5-) 6-8.5 mm in diameter with a surface that is dull to semi-glossy, pale orange-yellow to light orange-yellow. The seeds are dispersed by the Kereru (New Zealand Pigeon), which eats the 'berries' and passes the seeds in its droppings.

Stock Options

SKU Name Size Units in Stock (Approx) Price
Prumnopitys taxifolia PB3 0 $12.95
Prumnopitys taxifolia PB18 10 $24.95

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