An excellent pioneer species and can grow at a rate of 3m a year in favourable conditions.
It is often shredded by insects which feed on its large fleshy, rust-tinged leaves. Its canopy is not complete, and ground covers can easily grow in its partial shade.
Photo: Anne Jones
Commersonia, after Philibert Commerson, French naturalist on Bougainvilles expedition in 1766-69; bartramia after J. Bartram, an Anglo-American responsible for the introduction of many North American trees to Europe.
Photo: Robert Whyte