Griselinia littoralis
kapuka, New Zealand broadleaf

Griseliniaceae
New Zealand
Opposite leaves of Griselinia littoralis. Sairus Patel, 3 Feb 2016

The only known campus representative of this small New Zealand tree is just north of the Lou Henry Hoover House. It is distinguished by its leathery, broadly oval leaves to 4 inches long and almost as wide, waxy-shiny on top and dull green below. The flowers are inconspicuous.

A 4-foot high upright, dense shrub to the right side of the stairs at the entrance to Roble Gym in 2005 was thought to be another specimen, but its leaves were opposite, and not alternate as expected for griselinia. It was removed, probably during the 2014–2016 renovation, when the landscaping was “rehabilitated in the spirit of the original design.”

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored this entry c. 2005. Sairus Patel revised it Jan 2018 to add the Hoover House location and note the leaf arrangement discrepancy of the Roble specimen.