Nanu is an endemic shrub with a short, round habit. Listed as endangered, only a few wild populations exist. However, it is not uncommon to find reputable growers offering this plant. Like other gardenias, it is somewhat easy to propagate and grow.
Shiny green leaves, oppositely arranged, are packed into this handsome shrub. Fragrant white flowers are prominently displayed on the branch tips. It blooms all year long but takes a bit of a break in the winter. After flowering, golfball-sized fruit appears. Over months, they will ripen, turn tan, become mushy, and open to reveal numerous seeds encased in an orange-colored pulp.
Too much nitrogen will yield luxurious growth but little flowers. Nanu thrives with an acidic fertilizer. Propagation is by seed and cuttings.
Wood was used to make kapa beaters. Today, a beautiful golden dye is made from the fruit.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Lei flower
- No dangers