akia


maybe another native for the garden

akia (Wikstroemia uva-ursi)
description from Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery website:
Dense shrubs that either grow prostrate or sprawl up to 3-4 ft. tall.  They have small oval shaped leaves, greenish-blue in color that is attached to braches which are reddish brown.  When in bloom, numerous clusters of tiny yellow flowers develop which eventually turn into small orange or red fruits about ½-3/4 inch in diameter.   The flowers have a very musky but distinct scent to them and can be easily smelt from a distance usually more so in the early evening.
This plant has proven itself over the years as one of the best landscape plants for Hawaii’s environment, not just among native species but even non-native.  They’re extremely hardy, requiring very little water and grow slow enough so that you don’t need to maintain them as much once they reach their desired height.  Few pests if any bother ‘akia and their bright colors when in fruit make this plant even more attractive than normal.  If you need a low hedge about 3 ft tall or a colorful accent plant that is easily shaped, then ‘akia is for you.

uluhe

went on a hike with the family on New Year’s Day. we came across a lot of these ferns on the Aiea Loop trail its Hawaiian name is uluhe and in English false staghorn. I like the look of it’s multiple fronds and I was even tempted to dig some up and bring it home to plant in my front yard. didn’t do it because I already have a native Hawaiian fern in my yard, kupukupu a type of sword fern. also the yard is starting to fill out nicely with the plants I’ve already put in and adding another would lead to overcrowding.