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Hawai‘i Native & Polynesian-introduced Plants for Urban Gardens

Native plants are plants that occur naturally in a geographical location, meaning that the plants migrated to the site without human help or intervention. There are two types of native plants: indigenous and endemic.

  • Indigenous: Plants that are found naturally at more than one geographical location, not restricted to only one site
  • Endemic: Plants that are found only at one geographical location and nowhere else in the world

The Polynesians who first traveled to the Hawaiian Islands brought with them a variety of useful plants. The Polynesian-introduced plants that are included on this website are marked with an asterisk (*).

Pictured below are just some of the Polynesian-introduced and native Hawaiian shrubs and trees that are available at the Arbor Day giveaway sites. Note that not all species are available at all sites, and it's a good idea to come arrive early as the trees are given away on a on a “first-come first-served” basis.

Aalii Tree'A'ali'i tree

 

Aalii seed pods 'A'ali'i seed pods

 

Akia ‘Ākia

Alahe'eAlahe'e

 

Alahe'e flowerAlahe'e flower
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

 

Hala PepeHala Pepe
Courtesy Fleming Arboretum

PapalaHau, varigated *

 

Ilima'Ilima

 

'Ilima Kula

KoaKoa

 

Koki'o ke'oke'oKoki'o ke'oke'o

 

Koki'o ulaKoki'o ula

Koki'o ula flowerKoki'o ula flower

 

KouKou

 

KukioKukui *

KuluiKulu'i

 

LamaLama

 

Loulu PalmLoulu Palm

Mau Hau HeleMa'o Hau Hele

 

MiloMilo *
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

 

Munroidendron flowerMunroidendron flower

Munroidendron fruitMunroidendron fruit

 

Naio

 

NanuNanu

NaupakaNaupaka

 

'Ohi'a'Ohi'a

 

OhiaO'hi'a flower
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

PapalaPapala
 

 

Red TiRed Ti *

 

Red HalaRed Hala

WaukeWauke *
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

 

WiliwiliWiliwili or Hawaiian Coral Tree

 

 

 

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