Meaning of kanuka in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːnəkə/


  • A small evergreen New Zealand tree with white flowers, yielding useful timber and products used in herbal medicine.

    Leptospermum ericoides, family Myrtaceae

    ‘Under the kanuka trees young kawakawa, titoki and manamana are weaving a bright green cloak for the hills.’
    • ‘East of the School of Forestry is what Peter terms a West Coast garden with rimu, kanuka, mountain beech, coprosma, nikau, wineberry, native fuchsia, pohutukawa, and ferns.’
    • ‘To imagine what Hanmer Springs would be like without the forest one could think of the Hanmer Plain as it once was - rather dull with just tussock, kanuka and flax.’
    • ‘He had come down and explained to the select committee that New Zealand was on the verge of developing a massive export market in manuka and kanuka products.’
    • ‘There are large areas of native vegetation featuring kanuka, manuka, kohuhu, coprosmas and olearia species.’


Early 20th century from Maori.