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Ngaio, Mousehole Tree
Scientific Name: Myoporum laetum Forst. f.
Synonym: Myoporum perforatum
Family: Myoporaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,14-17,18-24
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Damaged at 25F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Coastal New Zealand

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 20 feet tall (6 m), 10 feet spread (3 m); fragrant, lance-shaped, serrate, glagrous leaves, 2 to 6 inches long (5-15 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, well-drained soil, tolerates sea-side exposure and salt-spray

Propagation: Seeds, semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

The species epithet 'laetum' is from the Latin for 'cheerful, joyous'.

Blooming Habits:
Fragrant white flowers, spotted with purple, 0.6 to 0.8 inch in diameter (1.5-2 cm) in late June.

Fruiting Habits:
The oblong, reddish fruits are edible with caution, they are some reports of them being slightly toxic for the liver.

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