Species with juvenile and adult forms

From juvenile to adult Some of the related subtropical trees and shrubs found in New Zealand forests have strikingly different juvenile and

Part of story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Unusual plant features

Giants Several plant groups which are herbaceous or small shrubs in the northern hemisphere have evolved into trees in New Zealand. These include tree-sized daisies, lilies, fuchsia

Part of story: Native plants and animals – overview

Shrubs and small trees of the forest

New Zealand’s forests contain numerous small shrubs and trees, some showy and others modest – the small-leaved, twiggy types can be difficult to tell apart.

Part of story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

New directions: 1890s–today

From collectors to ecologists In the 1890s the government turned its attention to forestry, agriculture, and pest and disease problems, which required the development of professional science.

Part of story: European discovery of plants and animals

Bicycle manufacturing

New Zealand velocipedes

Part of story: Bicycles

The native garden

Changing attitudes In the 1970s Muriel Fisher, a suburban gardener in Auckland, and Lawrie Metcalf, a South Island parks horticulturalist, wrote highly influential books on growing

Part of story: Horticultural use of native plants