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Kauri pine - Agathis robusta

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Native Queensland pine with glossy wide leaves unlike typical conifers, and giant green cones as big as oranges. Very tall slender upright habit. Tropical origins but happy in southern states. Historically prized and heavily logged for its richly-coloured timber; few old-growth stands remain Lovely in formal gardens, wildlife gardens, or as feature tree where it has the space to shine.

Cone image: Wendy Cutler via Flickr  Right image of montage: Tatters via Flickr  Sky image: Leonora Enking via Flickr  all cropped to size.

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DESCRIPTION: Tall Queensland native pine with wide oval glossy foliage unlike a conventional conifer, upright slender growth habit and fern like branches. Orange-sized green cone fruits. Originates in tropical and substropical regions but will grow in the southen states too. This beautiful pine can reach up to 50 metres in its natural habitat.
USES: Beautiful planted in rows in formal garden settings or as a feature tree.
PLANTING: Kauri pines like sunshine and humidity. Plant in a moist soil rich in organic matter. Site carefully as there is nothing sadder than a kauri lopped short to fit a space.
CARE: Mulch and water well until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks, prune as needed to promote new growth.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 6 m H x 5 m W.
PLEASE NOTE: These are tube-stock plants with young healthy roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm in height including the pot height of 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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