Manuka Tree Wooden Puzzle with Parts of Tree Image Tray
Manuka grows into a shrub or small tree, varying in height up to 8 metres. The narrow, pointy leaves are prickly and have a nice, sharp perfume when crushed. Manuka has single small white flowers which generally bloom in spring and summer. The seed capsules are brown and woody – the seed ripens by late autumn, but stays in the hard capsules until well into the following summer. It can be found in many different habitats including wetlands, river gravels and dry hillsides. When mature, it is very tolerant of drought, waterlogging, strong winds and frost. Manuka flowers smell very sweet and they provide an important source of pollen and nectar for native bees, flies, moths, beetles and geckos. Characteristics that occur in manuka products like essential manuka oil and manuka honey are antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.