Dr. J. B. Friday
CTAHR/ University of Hawai`i
Cooperative Extension Service
875 Komohana Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: (808) 969-8254
Fax: (808) 981-5211
Email: jbfriday@hawaii.edu



Hawaii Forestry and Agroforestry Trees

Welcome to the Hawaii Forestry and Agroforestry Trees website. The photographs here illustrate the most commonly planted trees in Hawaii. To find photographs of a tree species, click on the links on the scientific names below. There you may view thumbnail photos as well as larger images. To find a common name, use the "find in page" command in your browser.

Many different trees may share a common name, for example, "ironwood" may refer to several different, unrelated species. The first common name listed under each species is the name listed in Little and Skolmen's Common Forest Trees of Hawaii (USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook No. 679, 1989), if applicable.

In some cases other Pacific Island names are included. Common names in Hawaiian and other Pacific Island languages are spelled without diacritical marks (the okina and kahako, in Hawaiian), as some internet browsers do not support these.

These illustrations describe trees which have been most commonly planted in Hawaii. They are not recommendations.

Some tree species, for example Falcataria moluccana and Grevillea robusta, have escaped cultivation and have become serious pests in natural forests in Hawaii. Please do not plant trees which may become weeds in our natural ecosystems. In the information under each species, the Hawaii Weed Risk Assessment (hpwra.org) score has been listed. The Weed Risk Assessment system is a process that has been developed by Dr. Curt Daehler of UH Botany and Dr. Julie Denslow of the USDA Forest Service to help growers decide what plant species to avoid and which are safe to plant. More information on the system is available on the UH Botany webpage.

List of species names and common names


For more detailed information about the trees listed on this site, see the reference links below.


Copyright Notice. These photographs may be freely used for educational purposes. Please contact the photographer if you wish to duplicate any photographs for presentations, websites, or publications. Written permission of the photographer is required for any commercial use of any images on these pages.

Photographs courtesy of J. B. Friday, Mike Robinson, Thom McEvoy, Mike Robotham, John Kitakis, Ken Boche, Layne Yoshida, Travis Idol, and Bart Potter.

Positive impact forestry is not intended to follow the path of modern agriculture, to convert forests into farms, or to remake forests in the image of humans.
- Thom McEvoy, Positive Impact Forestry, 2004, Island Press