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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.

Alahe'e   Alahe'e flower   Hala Pepe

Alahe'e

 

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

 

Hala Pepe
Courtesy Fleming Arboretum

Koa Koki'o ke'oke'o Kukio

Koa

 

Koki'o ke'oke'o

 

Kukui *

Koki'o ula   Koki'o ula flower   Lama

Koki'o ula

 

Koki'o ula flower

 

Lama
 

Mau Hau Hele    

Ma'o Hau Hele

 

Milo *
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

 

Naio

Nanu   'Ohi'a  

Nanu

 

'Ohi'a

 

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

Papala   Red Hala  

Papala

 

Red Hala

 

Wauke *
Courtesy Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

Papala   Naupaka   Kului

Hau, varigated *

 

Naupaka

 

Kulu'i

Aalii Tree   Aalii seed pods   Loulu Palm

'A'ali'i tree

 

'A'ali'i seed pods

 

Loulu Palm

Red Ti   Munroidendron fruit   Munroidendron flower

Red Ti *

 

Munroidendron fruit

 

Munroidendron flower

Akia  

Wiliwili

 

 

‘Ākia

 

Wiliwili or Hawaiian Coral Tree

 

 

 

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