- a clambering tree, Hibiscus tileaceus, of tropical shores, having leathery, ovate leaves and yellow flowers that turn dark red as they fade, and yielding a fiber used as cordage.
Origin of hau tree
First recorded in 1910–15, hau tree is from the Hawaiian word hau hau tree
Also called mahoe, sea hibiscus.
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