South of Auckland to the South Island of New Zealand.
20m tall, 1.5m in diameter.
A dark grey trunk with ruptured bark, dark green glossy leaves. Cherry-red 15mm long fruit.
Up to 1,500 years old.
Black Maire Timber:
Used for bridges, wharfs and construction.
Probably New Zealand's hardest wood (along with Puriri), extremely durable. Sap wood is a creamy colour, heartwood rich yellow-brown to dark brown with even close grain and often with black streaks.
Traditionally used extensively by the Maori for digging sticks, splitting wood, canoe paddles, mallets and beaters.