60 NZ Silver Beech Lophozonia menziesii

Family: Nothofagaceae

Up until recently the Silver Beech was named Nothofagus menziesii. The early settlers thought it looked like the European beech (Fagus) hence the name. Nothofagus means “like a beech”. Tawhai is the Maori name. Common as forests in the South Island and the southern part of the North Island. The wood is not durable but satisfactory for furniture making. “Silver” from the bark which is somewhat whiteish, especially in young trees.