On Saturday we had an afternoon walk around town and I found plenty of spring colour to photograph. Here’s some pale yellow subjects, an appetizer for a forthcoming ‘Yellow’ post.
Local walk in Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand on 02 October 2021.
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Q. Tiny flowers breaking out, the starry little flowers are light yellow. Decent size tree. It’s in a bit of a wild area but there’s a local street tree like this too.
If you know what it is.. do tell!
Lemonwood or tarata is a NZ native tree, Pittosporum eugenioides. Very common but special all the same. The crushed leaves are lemon-scented as are the flowers. Common to see this growing wild or in landscapes / home gardens. This tree’s in shade so the foliage is darker green than usual. Look very fine whether planted as specimen trees or as a hedge. We’ve seen it tidily clipped as large topiary in the UK! We laughed in surprise – it’s common here to see it as a clipped hedge but not shaped into carefully controlled topiary. 😀
~ new shoots have form!
More info.. this Stuff article provides a good summary:
For the love of lemonwood
For use by Māori see: Lemonwood – Pittosporum eugenioides
~via The Meaning of Trees
These are dotted around the south although not many. I wasn’t aware of this one by a driveway entrance in our town, it’s a very fine specimen. Spring is a wonderful time to discover it.. look at the detail!
Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)