Growing in Wellington, NZ and now autumn.







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  • The images are not so good. Is it not a Ilex, e.g. Ilex aquifolium (Holly)? Mar 31, 2018 at 20:14
  • I've added a closer view of the leaves Mar 31, 2018 at 20:23
  • Ficus benjamina...edible little figs. Lovely.
    – stormy
    Mar 31, 2018 at 21:29
  • And according to wikipedia, not suitable for domestic gardens because of its destructive roots! Mar 31, 2018 at 21:31
  • And a problem for UK Parliament theguardian.com/politics/shortcuts/2018/mar/19/… Apr 4, 2018 at 20:29

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I believe it's Ficus benjamina. Those berries are actually little figs. In the first two photos I too also thought it was a holly, pruned into a standard. It's almost definitely an evergreen, if that helps. Looking closely, it looks like there's a little bromeliad air plant growing on one of the branches! :) Otherwise, those fuzzy branches are from a different tree.

  • Ficus benjamina then? Mar 31, 2018 at 21:23
  • That's what I was thinking -- maybe, Graham. Mar 31, 2018 at 21:25
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    I think the green fuzz is Stereocaulon ramulosum which is a common New Zealand-indigenous lichen Mar 31, 2018 at 21:27

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