Melicytus crassifolius

Melicytus crassifolius photographed at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Sussex, UK

Melicytus crassifolius (Hymenanthera crassifolia) is a much-branched, evergreen shrub growing up to 40–80 in (1–2 m) high. The dark green, leathery, spear-shaped leaves are 0.25–0.5 in (0.8–1.2 cm) long. Small yellow flowers in spring followed by white berries in autumn. Hardy in the UK.

Melicytus crassifolius is found in coastal rocky places in North Island, South Island southwards to Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. It is a member of the violet family and was introduced to the UK in about 1875.

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