Pūriri (Vitex lucens)

A big tree growing up to 20m, Pūriri is loved by Kererū, which is the only bird that can swallow and spread the seeds. Only the straightest trees were selected for timber so all that’s left are the gnarled knotted ones you see in farm paddocks. Pūriri are wāhi tapu (Sacred sites) as Māori would put the bones of their deceased into the hollows of the tree. So always be respectful around these magnificent trees.



  • Pūriri’s large thick leaves are boiled down in water and used to treat back-ache and sprains.
  • The leaves have strong antiseptic qualities so can be used on wounds and cuts to halt infection when used as a balm or tonic.


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