Manuka is a prolific scrub type tree and is often one of the first native species to regenerate on cleared land. It can grow into a moderately sized tree, up to fifteen metres or so in height.
Manuka wood is tough and hard, and was often used for tool handles. Manuka sawdust imparts a delicious flavour when used in smoking meats and fish. Manuka honey, produced when honeybees draw upon nectar from its flowers, is distinctively flavoured, darker and richer in taste than clover honey, and is widely available in New Zealand.