There's a Twist

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  • <p>These fast-growing ribbonwoods started out with small, divaricated, juvenile foliage, which was eventually replaced by a larger birch-like mature form. It is hard to believe they are the same plant as the juvenile, apart from a tangle of interlacing branches near the trunk.</p>
  • <p>Once again this draws on the theory that the juvenile, divaricated plant form with small leaves is a deterrent to browsing animals, like the moa, and once the plant outgrew the reach of the Moa, it reverted to a normal pattern of growth - changing its form into a standard tree with larger leaves and straight branches.</p>
  • <p>Note the different growth habit near the base of these trees. It’s also useful to realise that a juvenile plant can be maintained for a dense, clipped hedge. P. regius is certainly a fascinating example of a divaricate which matures without a twist.</p>
  • <p>Reaching the end of our twisted tour, perhaps you have formed some ideas for your own garden.</p>

Plagianthus regius/ common name ribbonwood

Continue along the trail veering left at the central platform and observe two trees astride the pathway. These Plagianthus regius are fine examples of how some New Zealand trees change their growth habit.