Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of G.D. Carr, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

′Ūlei

Scientific name
Osteomeles anthyllidifolia
Also Known As
Hawai'i hawthorn, Hawaiian rose
Plant Family
A Hawaiian shrub in the Rose family with clusters of 3-6 white flowers, white fruits, and compound, dark green leaves with 15-25 leaflets. Blooms in winter and spring.
Identification Hints

The ′Ūlei is a well-formed or spreading Hawaiian shrub that produces white flowers during the winter and spring.The fragrant flowers bloom in clusters of 3-6 at the ends of branches and each flower has 5 petals. The fruits are white when they ripen and edible, although bland in taste. The leaves are compound, meaning they have many tiny leaflets (15-25 per leaf) and are dark green, glossy, and leathery. This shrub does best in xeric (dry) conditions.

Did You Know?

The leaves and root bark of ′Ūlei have been used to treat cuts, while the seeds and buds have been used to make a laxative. The wood is very strong and has been used to make many things, including spears, harpoons, and musical bows. The ripe white fruits have been used to make a lavender dye.

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