Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)


Description: The Karaka tree is a very decorative New Zealand plant. It belongs to the family of Corynocarpaceae. The shiny green leaves have beautiful white edges. In our climate, the karaoke tree does not carry seeds. The seeds are orange and poisonous. In nature, the karaoke tree is a tall shrub similar to laurel.
The side shoots grow out of the main shoot.
Care: Karaka tree needs a light spot all year round. In summer it can be on the balcony, the terrace or in the garden. The place should then be calm and warm, sheltered from the wind. Karaka is moderately watered, but it does not tolerate waterlogging. He is fertilized every month. In winter he goes into a rest period. It should then be stored at 5-10 degrees C and poured sparingly. Karaka trees do not have to be repotted every year. Only when the roots root over the kuber. The soil should be a normal potting soil with an admixture of clay.
Propagation: Karaka trees are propagated in the late spring via cuttings.
Diseases and pests: Too copious watering in winter can lead to Root rot and shoot dying.

Phot. Andrzej Otrębski Palm home Karaka, photo under license CC-BY-SA-3.0, source: Wikimedia Commons.