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Hoheria populnea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Malveae
Genus: Hoheria

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Hoheria is a genus of six species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae. All are endemic to New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands. The genus name is a latinization of the Māori language name, Houhere. That name, as well as lacebark and ribbonwood, are often used as common names. The name lacebark comes from the lace-like fibrous inner bark layer.[1]

Hoheria are mostly evergreen,with Hoheria glabrata/ Mountain ribbonwood a deciduous species.[2] They are large shrubs or small trees growing 6–10 m (20–33 ft) tall, bearing large quantities of fragrant, 5-petalled white flowers in summer or autumn. They are cultivated by horticulturalists. The flowers are attractive to butterflies.[3] They are borne in axils on jointed peduncles and produce hard, dry seed capsules. The leaves are serrate to dentate and ovate to lanceolate in shape. Juvenile foliage may persist on young plants for several years, and may have a metallic cast.[3]

Some species are cultivated in New Zealand and Great Britain. H. sexstylosa withstands temperatures down to −15 °C (5 °F), and H. glabrata has good frost tolerance. Numerous cultivars have been developed for use in gardens, of which 'Glory of Amlwch' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]



  1. ^ "Houhere – Lacebark". Landcare Research. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Houheria page". 
  3. ^ a b RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ Hoheria 'Glory of Amlwch'. Royal Horticultural Society.