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  Black Maire (Nestegis cunninghamii)  


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.

Maire tree

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.

Additional Information:

Traditionally used extensively by the Maori for digging sticks, splitting wood, canoe paddles, mallets and beaters.

Maire leaves
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