ʻŌhiʻa lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is the most common and variable of all native Hawaiian trees. The species name polymorpha, which means “many forms,” is in danger due to an aggressive fungus called Ceratocystis Fimbriata, or rapid ‘Ohia death. The fungus has destroyed entire forests in Hawai’i.
We have ‘Ohia Lehua trees on our property. Two flowering species, one common type with red blossoms, and a more rare yellow blossom. So far, none of our trees seem to be affected by the fungus, but that could change rapidly since the fungus is spreading quickly.
The ‘Ohia is one of the first plants that appear on fresh lava flows. They attract bees and birds with their bright blossoms. They are considered special to native Hawaiian folklore. It is encouraged to keep the ‘Ohia trees on the property and not to cut them down. A spiritual appreciation for the native plants.
We are praying for solution to save these native plants.