|Plant these small trees in a frost-free garden for year-round shade. Fluffy-stamened flowers lead to intriguing eyelike red berries, each with a protruding black seed. Like many other native Hawaiian plants, the Mahoe Tree, Alectryon macrococcus, is a federally listed endangered species. Australian species such as Alectryon coriaceus and Alectryon tomentosus fruit from late winter into summer. Native to rocky gullies of dry forests, they need little care once established. Give a somewhat sheltered spot with well-drained soil. Propogate from seed in spring.
Clustered flowers with dark red anthers form woody capsules. Young growth has silky red hairs. Bark is nearly black. New Zealanders use the wood in cabinetmaking.
Attributes - Alectryon excelsus
Plant Type: Tree
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: Red
Height: 20 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10
Notes: Showy Flowers.