Family: Verbenaceea      Genus:  Vitex lucens

Picture top: A fine specimen of a Puriri tree of a medium hight.  

The Puriri is a typical Northland tree.  It grows naturally from the North Cape down to northern Hawkes Bay, Taupo, and southern Waikato.  The tree can reach a hight of 20 meters.



  Wairere Boulders (Nature Park, Horeke, Hokainga Harbour, Northland, New Zealand, NZ)

The puriri fruit (about half size). It is a drupe of about 2 cm in diametre.

The berries are muched loved by the opossums. The tree has flowers almost all year round.

Photo: The flower of the puriri. About original size.


Adult foilage differs from the juvenile leaves.


Photo: The knarly bark of the Puriri tree, reaching a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 m.

For more information on Puriri Tree