Prumnopitys taxifolia is a Classic NZ Native. It has tangled bronze juvenile foliage which in time turn dark green. it has fine, needle-like leaves, dark bark, and is a good timber tree. Matai’s purple berries attract Wood pigeons. Coniferous, slow-growing, dioecious.
Matai are ideal for revegetation projects. Their versatility and longevity are what a revegetation project should include. These are not garden trees, as they grow up to 25m tall. However, they are wonderful bird attractors.