This week in our special blog content in the footsteps of trees on every continent: Hakeke Tree
We continue our journey in the footsteps of trees on every continent by exploring the trees unique to the harsh geography of Oceania. This week's special tree species, Hakeke, is known in Latin as Olearia ilicifolia. Maori-Holly, Mountain Holly, Hakekeke, and New Zealand Holly are among the names used to describe this tree.
A member of the Asteraceae tree family, the hakeke has the form of a shrub, not reaching very large sizes. The Hakeke tree, which has serrated and broad green leaves, can reach a height of approximately 1.5 meters to 4.5 meters. The green leaves of the tree are between 5 cm and 10 cm long and between 1 cm and 2 cm wide.
The hakeke tree is easily distinguishable from other members of its tree species thanks to its very hard and sharp leaves. The white flowers with a yellow center are fragrant in spring and summer. An interesting contrast to its daisy-like flowers and spiny leaves, the tree takes root throughout New Zealand's territory.
Hakeke grows just below the tree line in the mountains, in areas where mostly coniferous trees and plants grow. It is not possible to see the hakeke tree, which can be found up to 1200 meters above sea level, at higher altitudes.
Hakeke tree adapts to sandy, fertile, and well-drained soils. The tree, which has a sun-loving structure, has problems growing in shady areas. Native to New Zealand, the hakeke tree prefers moist soils.
The fragrance and the harmony between the white and yellow color of the leaves, underlying the hard appearance of the leaves and their prickly structure, make the Hakeke tree unique. You can follow Yıldız Entegre's social media accounts to get to know the Hakeke tree, one of the special trees of the Oceania continent!
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