Meaning of ribbonwood in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɪb(ə)nwʊd/


  • 1US A large evergreen shrub, Adenostoma sparsifolium (family Rosaceae), found chiefly in the chaparral of southern California, with needle-like leaves and grey shredding bark; also called redshank.

  • 2New Zealand Any of several New Zealand trees of the genera Plagianthus and Hoheria (family Malvaceae) having fibrous inner bark; especially P. regius (formerly P. betulinus) and Hoheria sexstylosa.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. From ribbon + wood, so called on account of the appearance of the bark.