Agathis australis

Kauri pine

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub



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photo by Sharon Pearson, copyright GAP Photos (67222)

Plant details

The Kauri tree is a giant of a coniferous evergreen from the North Island of New Zealand, with a huge, spreading crown. The leathery leaves are best when young because they are bright green, with the cone lengths being smaller on males than on females. Very few nurseries sell the Kauri, though it can easily be tracked down.There's no doubt it's quite demanding, but if you can give it a sheltered site where it won't get hit by cold winds, with wall-to-wall sun and moist soil, it'll thrive.

Family: Araucariaceae

Genus: Agathis

Species: australis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 3300cm

Spread: 1200cm

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