Vitex lucens - native
The puriri is a well known species which has adapted to various environments and conditions. They can reach heights in excess of 20m and develop broad spreading canopies.
This species is identified by the dark green foliage with deeply grooved veins. The flowers are an attractive pink and the fruit is a round red berry, both of which seem to be present on the tree throughout the year. They are a constant food source for native and introduced birds.
Puriri is related to tropical trees such as teak. Their timber qualities are similar in both strength and durability. Many of the fine specimens around the park were planted in the early 1900s.