Big Island Plants
(Endemic to the Hawaiian islands)
LIFE FORM: Small tree
to about 25 ft. widening at the crown
ELEVATION RANGE: 500-2,400
ft. Hawaii island, found
naturalized in Puna, Hilo and Hamakua.
ENVIRONMENT: Dry to
wet, good drainage. Rocky,
disturbed areas and
Why grow this?
Neneleau is great
gap filler. The plant will grow tall
and thin in shady areas, shorter and
spreading branches out at the top, in
sunny places. The tree
produces showy flower spikes in
various shades from yellow to
red. Flowers are highly
attractive to honeybees.