Karamū is a quick growing tree you will find widely distributed across New Zealand. One of the 45 coprosma species found in New Zealand this is most recognisable, especially in late-summer with its masses of orange berries that birds love. To easily identify it look for a stipule or sticky thing at the base of the leaf.
- Karamū is used mostly as a spiritual tool (almost like a wand) to ward away bad spirits.
- Boiled in water the resulting tonic is used to treat urinary and bladder infections.
- You can eat the red plump ripe berries of the Karamū