It is widespread particularly in coastal scrub and colonizing land recovering after a fire or reverting to a natural state after being used for agriculture. However it has been recorded growing to altitudes of 2000 m a.s.l. With its small but abundant flowers it can colour a whole hill side white, almost giving the appearance of snow cover. The wood is very hard and although not durable in the ground it is used for wharf piles and tool handles. It is particularly popular as firewood, burning with a great heat. In New Zealand, Kānuka can grow up to 30 metres high with a trunk up to 1 m across.
Kakariki parakeets (Cyanoramphus) use leaves and bark of Kānuka and the related Mānuka tea trees to rid themselves of parasites. Apart from ingesting the material, they also chew it, mix it with preen gland oil and apply it to their feathers . Mānuka and Kānuka are superficially similar species and they are often confused with one another -the easiest way to tell the difference between them is to feel the foliage - Kānuka leaves are soft while Mānuka leaves are prickly.
Net exchange of greenhouse gases from soils in an unimproved pasture and regenerating indigenous Kunzea ericoides shrubland in New Zealand.(Report)
Aug 01, 2010; Introduction The conversion of forest to pasture for grazing animals became widespread in New Zealand from the mid 19th century...
Nitrogen and carbon cycling in a New Zealand pumice soil under a manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and kanuka (Kunzea ericoides) shrubland.(Report)
Nov 01, 2009; Introduction Shrubland communities dominated by manuka (Leptospermum scoparium J. Forst. and G. Forst.) and kanuka (Kunzea...