Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Karamū

Karamū

One of the most common coprosma species in New Zealand, karamū (Coprosma robusta) is found as a small tree in the understorey of forests or as a fast-growing shrub in regenerating scrub. Like all coprosmas, it has opposite pairs of leaves and branches on its stem. There are separate male and female trees. The berries are eaten by birds, especially silvereyes and starlings, which spread its seed.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Alastair McLean

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 - Coprosmas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13833/karamu (accessed 31 March 2020)

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