Makomako

Aristotelia serrata
Also known as Wineberry. It can be classified as a deciduous shrub or small tree and can grow to 9m. Its serrated  leaves are broad and greenish in colour but can have flushes of pink and grow between 5–12cm in size. Flowers on the tree are of a red-white colour. The tree produces red or black edible berries between 6–9mm. An attractive tree, with pinkish foliage and rose coloured flowers in spring.  Male and female flowers arise on separate plants, so both sexes are required for the production of berries. Māori children used to feast on the berries, which were also squeezed and strained to make a sweet drink. It is also said the early European settlers used the fruits to make jam and jelly, and wine.  Available from 2014.

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