The picturesque effect of the birches is remarkable, flanked by the massive outlines and drooping tassels of the rimu.
The rimu was distinguished by its hanging leaves and branches, the tanekaha by its parsley-shaped leaves.
The Westland forest trees are mighty giants, and chief among them is the red pine or "rimu," as the Maoris call it.
They prepare a piece of "rimu" (red pine) about three inches long, by an inch broad, and a quarter of an inch thick.
Then there is the rimu which, when the bark is stripped off, is found to be of a blood red inside.