Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species - Kauri Park
Although Manuka (kahikatoa) and Kanuka have a superficial similarity and are collectively known as ‘tea trees’, they are genetically very distinct from each other. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), called ‘tea tree’ by Captain Cook, is a rather variable plant ranging from flat creeping forms and small shrubs to tall trees (up to 4m tall). Although variable, […]
Coprosma virescens | Leafland Wholesale Tree Nursery - Quality Specimen Trees
A divaricating, large shrub with a tangle of golden-copper stems and tiny leaves. Very tough and tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions. Makes a superb, no-trim, narrow-growing hedge or screen. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 2.5m (W) x 1m (H) in 10 years.
Andy Ellis' tips for growing native New Zealand plants in your backyard
Before Andy Ellis was an All Black he was, in his own words, a 'pimply-faced landscape architecture student at Lincoln University'. He put his degree on hold to play professional rugby, but did gardening work on the side, and even competed in the Ellerslie International Flower Show and Singapore Garden Festival. Eleven years later, he's hung up his All Blacks shirt (and the degree is still on hold) but his passion for gardening remains as strong as ever. In this exclusive extract from his…
The go-to tree for establishing a new rural garden
COLUMN: The Ngaio tree is your best friend If you are establishing a new rural garden, writes Saturday Express landscaping columnist Christo Saggers.
Plant Collector – Pennantia baylisiana (they don't come any more endangered than this ONE was)
f ever there was a strong argument for putting plants into commercial production in order to save them, it is this rare, native tree. Along with our native climbing Tecomanthe speciosa, only one pl…
Native shrub pruning
I feel our evergreen native shrubs are less popular than they deserve to be because many species do not naturally form compact plants. However, if they are pruned annually, it is possible to maximise the beauty of their foliage and flowers for many years. You can dramatically reduce their tendency to become woody, sprawling or spindly as they mature.
Identify New Zealand’s common tree ferns: ponga, mamaku, kātote, whekī, and whekī ponga | Te Papa’s Blog
Skirts, scales, hexagons, and colour. There are many differences you can look out for if you want to learn how to identify tree ferns.Read more