Puriri, Vitex lucens
Location: Morris Street
Significance: Aesthetic Value
This is the only large group of Puriri in the city. There is no record of exactly when they were planted, but it was possibly around 1935 and done in conjunction with the dedication of the Memorial Wall and gates on the McLean Park boundary of the street in late 1934.
The group comprises 16 of these native evergreen trees. Frost hardy, most continue in good health although some are showing repressed foliage, probably as a result of the ground being compacted around their roots.
From late winter to mid-spring, racemes of red, tulip-like flowers appear in profusion among the fern-like foliage forming the broad convex crowns of these trees.