Kōlea lau nui is an endemic mid-canopy tree. The real beauty lies in the foliage. The new growth, liko, often flushes in various shades of pink. It is a sight to behold while hiking in the forest. The brightly-colored leaves gradually turn green with age. Flowers, not showy, grow from the ends of the branches. After flowering comes the fruit, they are small, rounded, purple to dark blue, and containing one seed within. The way the flowers and fruit grow along the branch tips is a distinctive identifier.
While common in the native forest, kōlea lau nui is somewhat rare in cultivation. However, it is becoming more common. Exercise extreme caution when transplanting. According to Hui ku malama ola, the tree does not like its roots to be disturbed.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers