Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Tree tutu

Tree tutu

Tree tutu (Coriaria arborea) is a many-stemmed shrub or small tree, found on open sites, river banks and forest margins. It produces pairs of leaves on its soft branches. Spikes of flowers hang from the branches in spring and summer and shiny purple-black fruits ripen through late summer and autumn. Apart from its swollen flower petals, all parts of the plant are poisonous.

Using this item

Private collection
Photographs by Jeremy Rolfe

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Broadleaf colonisers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2018)

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