The plants priced below are currently available from the Rakino Island Native Plant Nursery.  Delivery on Rakino Island is free.

Scroll down to view the plants available for the 2020 planting season.

To order plants please contact Kevin Hester or Stacey Thomas:

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for more information.

Thanks to New Zealand Plant Conservation Network for some of the text on this page.

Cabbage Tree - Cordyline australis.

Common palm-like tree with an erect trunk branching into tufts of tough long narrow pointed leaves and with bushy sprays of small white flowers. Bark rough. Leaves 30-100cm long, only slightly tapered at base, dead leaves often forming a skirt around branches. Fruit small, white.  Very hardy and will tolerate most soils and moisture regimes but dislikes long periods of drought.


6 litre pot $10.00, 1.8litre Pot $5.00.

Five Finger - Pseudopanax arboreus.

Small bushy tree with glossy green fleshy toothed leaves arranged in fans of 5 (occ. up to 7) leaflets. Fruit purple, in obvious clusters.  Coastal to montane (10-750 m a.s.l.). Moist broadleaf forest. Frequently epiphytic. A frequent component of secondary forest. 

1 litre pot $4.00.

Flax - Phorium tenax

Common from lowland and coastal areas to montane forest, usually but not exclusively, in wetlands and in open ground along riversides. Hardy in almost every situation.

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Houpara - Pseudopanax lessonii.

Small tree to 6 m tall; branches stout, with leaves crowded towards tips of branchlets.  Hardy coastal tree. 

Excellent grade, 1.8 litre bag $5.00

Kakabeak - Clianthus Maximus.

Rare (common in cultivation) small bushy shrub with drooping clusters of red sharp-tipped flowers. Leaves with many pairs of glossy leaflets arranged along a central stalk. Flowers 80mm long. Fruit a green pea-like pod that splits releasing the numerous hard small blotched seeds.

Often found along the tops and bases of unstable cliff faces or rock falls. Some habitats may not be natural, as this species, was said to have been grown by Maori, and many inland associations occur in the vicinity of former pa, kainga, gardens or canoe haul outs.

$7.00 - check regarding availability.

Kanuka - Kunzea ericoides.

Common tree of the northern South Island only. Bark flaky. Branches often pendent at ends, bearing masses of needle-like bright green leaves and clusters of small white flowers. Coastal to lowland shrubland, regenerating forest and forest margins, also present in montane forest, ultramaficshrubland and very occasionally present in subalpine shrubland.

Please enquire about availability.

Karamu - Coprosma robusta.

Large bushy shrub with pairs of glossy leaves which have a small dark-tipped flap on the stem between the leaf bases. Leaves 7-12cm long, with a prominent ridge up the middle underneath and a furrow up the middle above. Fruit red, in tight clusters along twigs. Common throughout coastal, lowland and lower montane habitats within shrublands and open sites within forest.  These plants are quite "leggy" but come with a bamboo stake and 2x fertiliser tablets that will provide nutrient for your plant for 2 years.

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Karo - Pittosporum crassifolium.

Bushy small tree with greyish leathery oval leaves that are white underneath and clusters of small dark red flowers and large hard green fuzzy capsules inhabiting upper North Island. Leaves 5-7cm long, margins often rolled under. Fruit 2-3cm wide, splitting into three to display the black seeds in a yellow pith.  An attractive species popular for its fast growth, robust grey-green leaves, sweetly scented flowers and remarkable resilience in coastal areas.

6 litre pot $10.00. 500ml pot $4.00.

Kowhai - Sophora chathamica.

A kowhai tree bearing leaves to 150mm long that have leaflets 6-16mm long by 4-8mm wide that slightly overlap and get smaller towards the tip and with bunches of drooping yellow flowers and dry ridged and knobbly seed pods 50-180mm long containing hard yellow seeds. Juvenile and adults similar. Primarily a species of coastal forest, often on cliff faces or banks overlooking estuarine rivers or inlets. Very common around Auckland, the Hauraki Gulf and from Port Waikato south to Kawhia. 

Excellent grades, large size nearly sold out. 6 Litre pot $15.00, 1.8 litre pot $7.00.

Mahoe - Melycitus ramiflorus.

Common small tree with a knobbly pale trunk and thin light green toothed leaves that have the vein network much more visible on the paler underside. Leaves 5-20cm long, tapering to tip. Flowers greenish, in clusters along twigs. Fruit purple.

1 litre pot $5.00

Manuka - Leptospermum scoparium.

Common small prickly shrub or small tree with flaky bark and more or less hairy new growth and bearing masses of oval pointed leaves and white or pinkish red-centred flowers. Leaves hard, 5-20mm long by 1-8mm wide, prickly to grasp. Flowers to 25mm wide. Fruit a dry 5-7mm wide capsule. Abundant from coastal situations to low alpine habitats.

Please enquire about availability.

Nikau - Rhopalostylis sapida.

Palm to 15m tall with a ringed trunk and 3m long erect leaves inhabiting lowland forest south to Okarito and Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands. Leaves with multiple narrow leaflets to 1m long closely-spaced along central stem. Flowers pinkish, in multiple spikes at the top of trunk. Fruit red. Primarily a species of coastal to lowland forest in the warmer parts of New Zealand.

1.8 litre pot $7.00

Pigeonwood - Hedycarya arborea.

Common small tree. Leaves dark green, glossy, oval, with toothed margins, in pairs on short stalks from a flattened part of the dark twigs. Flowers simple, green, around 1cm wide, arranged in small sprays. Fruit orange, oval, about 1cm long.  A common forest tree of coastal and lowland forest, extending into montane areas in the warmer parts of the North Island. The fruit is avidly sought after by kereru.

1 litre pot $5.00

Puriri - Vitex lucens.

Large tree with thin pale flaky bark over an uneven knobbly trunk bearing dark green leaves made of five wrinkled leaflets radiating from the top of a stalk, largest leaflet in the middle, flowers pink, bell-shaped with projecting pale filaments, fruit 2cm wide and red. In the northern part of its range Puriri is a common co-dominant with Taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi) and karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus).  Puriri is also an important forest tree on many of the smaller islands of the Hauraki Gulf, where it may at times be the canopy dominant.  Puriri prefers a rich, deep, fertile soil but is surprisingly tolerant of a range of conditions including drought (once established). This is a spectacular specimen tree that deserves to be more widely cultivated than it is. It makes an excellent street/avenue or park tree, and the flowers attract birds (especially tui and bellbird) and the fruits kereru.

1.8 litre pot $5.00

Taraire - Beilschmiedia taraire.

Common canopy tree of northern North Island. Leaves large, leathery, oval, silvery underneath, margins curved. Twigs and young leaves with reddish down. Flowers inconspicuous. Fruit very large, dark purple, glossy, held upright, containing a single large elliptical seed which has a network of veins on the papery surface. Common canopy forming tree in lowland and lower montane forests north of Auckland. A favorite of Kereru.

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Taupata - Coprosma repens.

Common low-growing shrub or small tree bearing pairs of green very shiny dark green leaves inhabiting the edge of coastal forests and seaside rocks. Leaves 6-8cm long, leathery, with small pits at junction of veins. Orange fruit that are attractive to birds.  These plants are quite "leggy" but come with a bamboo stake and 2x fertiliser tablets that will provide nutrient for your plant for 2 years.

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Tawapou - Planchonella costata.

Small tree with leathery leaves that are paler underneath and with straight veins radiating from central vein more visible on the upper surface inhabiting coastal forest in the upper North Island. Twig fuzzy. Flowers tiny. Fruit 2.5-4cm long, red ripening to almost black, enclosing 2-4 hard narrow shiny seeds. Strictly coastal where it is usually a minor (rarely dominant) component of coastal forest on rocky headlands and talus slopes, windswept ridge-lines, forested islands and islets. Usually associated with pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), puriri (Vitex lucens), karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus), whau (Entelea arborescens), kowhai (Sophora chathamica).

1.8 litre bag $5.00.

Whau - Entelea arborescens.

Small bushy tree with large very thin jagged leaves with three points towards the tip attached to a stalk near the leaf base. Wood very light. Leaves 10-25cm long. Flowers white with yellow filaments, in flat clusters. Fruit distinctive, round, covered with long spines.

4.8 litre bag $7.00

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