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Agathis australis

NZ Kauri

A slow growing and pyramidal shaped tree with a slender trunk.

The kauri is the only Araucariaceae species endemic to New Zealand.

The kauri is the most famous of the native trees of New Zealand and one of the largest trees in the world.

The natural distribution of the kauri is from Northland to the Bay of Plenty but it can be grown in colder areas.

The leaves of the seedling and the juvenile trees are often bronze coloured.
The male and female cones are borne on the same tree.

The kauri has a very small root system for the height of the plant hence why it should be staked and protected from the wind when planted.

There is now a disease threat of Kauri dieback disease in New Zealand (Pythophthora taxon agathis) a microscopic soil and water- borne pathogen which can kill and damage the NZ kauri.

  • It takes 30 years to reach the height of 10 metres
  • Full sun / semi-shade / full shade
  • Prefers a rich, moist soil.
  • Protect from frost when young
  • Protect from wind when young

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