1) Aristotelia chilensis Macqui
- This small evergreen tree is native to the Valdivian temperate rainforest of Chile and Argentina.
- This inconspicuous white flower yields a small black fruit, and is sometimes called Macqui or, Chilean Wineberry.
- This plant and New Zealand’s Mountain Wineberry (A. fruticosa) can both be found in the Pacific Connections Garden.
2) Prostanthera cuneata Alpine Mint Bush
- This evergreen shrub is native to southeastern Australia.
- Showy white-to-purple flowers have red-to-orange spots in the throat.
- A member of the Mint family, the leaves have a strong aroma when crushed.
3) Gaultheria mucronata Prickly Heath
- This small evergreen shrub is native to Chile and Argentina.
- Small white flowers yield showy berries in the fall.
- This and other Gaultheria species make for great ground covers.
4) Veronica macrantha Large-flowered Hebe
- This evergreen shrub is one of about 90 species of hebes, mostly native to New Zealand.
- Adding a splash of color to temperate gardens, there are nearly 200 cultivated varieties of Veronica, which range in flower colors of white, blue, pink, and purple.
- Many varieties of Veronica can be found in our New Zealand Garden.
5) Corokia cotoneaster Wire-netting Bush
- This distinctly branched evergreen woody shrub is native to New Zealand.
- Bright yellow flowers emerge against grey woody stems in the spring.
- Bright red berries persist through the autumn.