The rimu tree is one of the largest New Zealand native trees and highly prized for the quality of its wood. It is found throughout New Zealand although, as with most other species of trees in this country, its numbers have been greatly reduced due to extensive logging during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Rimu have been recorded as growing as high as 60 meters (197 feet), although the trees remaining today are less than 35 meters (115 feet). The timber was used in house construction and was especially popular for making furniture. Today it is a protected species and felling of trees on public land is no longer allowed.