Hawaiian Name(s): maua, a‘e (Maui)

Scientific Name: Xylosma hawaiiense

Vernacular Name: none

Family: Salicaceae

Status: endemic

Authority: Seem.

Description: Trees 3-9 m tall.

Habitat Most commonly found in mesic forest, occasionally in dry woodland and wet forest, (250) 400–1220 m on most main islands (Wagner et al. 1990:722–723).


Non Medicinal Uses: Good for boards (Malo 1951:22).

Specific gravity of wood: unknown

Famous Locations:


`Ōlelo Noeau:

Dye Color and Parts:

Kino lau:

Location on Bishop Museum Kalihi Campus:

Propagation Information: Intermediate. Treated seeds germinate in 3-5 weeks; grow rapidly once transferred to individual pots; move young seedlings to open location so trunk/stems stiffen in response to wind; plantout in full/partial sun when 20-30 cm tall; lightly fertilize after new growth; variable soil (Culliney and Koebele 1999:112–114).
Native Plants Hawaii.