Apeiba australis A.Rich.
Entelea australis (A.Rich.) Walp.
Entelea palmata Lindl.
Entelea pubescens Sweet
Sparrmannia palmata Lindl.
Common Name: Corkwood Tree
Entelea arborescens is an evergreen shrub or a small tree that can grow around 2.5 - 6 metres tall. The bole can be 12 - 27cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
New Zealand - North and South Islands.
Coastal to lowland forest[
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Entelea arborescens is native to the warm temperate lowland regions of New Zealand, where it can be found as far south as latitude 41°[
]. It is not very cold-hardy, being able to tolerate short periods with temperatures down to about -3°c[
]. Plants will usually resprout freely if damaged by cold, young plants will resprout from the base if the top is totally killed, but plants cannot survive repeated cold damage[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile loamy soil in a sunny position[
The bark and the wood are used as a dye[
The long fibres from the bark are used for making string[
The wood is one of the lightest known, it is about half the weight of cork. It is used traditionally to make a raft that is sued in coastal waters[
]. The wood and the bark are used for making floats, rafts etc[
Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse at 20°c. Quick and easy germination[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first two winters in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer after the last expected frosts and give the plants some winter protection for their first couple of years[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame. The cuttings root quickly and easily[