Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Makomako – wineberry (1st of 2)

Makomako – wineberry

Makomako, or wineberry (Aristotelia serrata), a fast-growing tree, thrives in moist fertile sites. It is especially common in forest clearings and at the edges of regenerating forest. It has thin, heart-shaped leaves, light green on the upper surface and often reddish underneath. In cold districts it is semi-deciduous, losing most of its leaves by the end of winter. Although the juicy fruit is edible, the seed within the berry is bitter and should be discarded.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Broadleaf colonisers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13802/makomako-wineberry (accessed 21 November 2017)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015