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Entelea arborescens
Height: 5m;  Spread: 4m
Whau (Tree)
Large, soft leaves. Large white flowers (spring), spikey seed pods. Fast growing in rich soils. Grows in sheltered coastal valleys.
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Tree from Christchurch Botanic Gardens Dec 2008
Whau seed head Whakatane ec.08
Last Year's Seedpod
This large whau nestles in the shelter of the back dunes south of Karekare on Auckland's West Coast.
The new season's flowers with last year's seed pods just behind.
Entelea arborescens flower, Oakley Creek, Auckland
..from a large specimen at RMBG.