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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -8
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid|High
  • FAMILY Araucariaceae
  • PLANT TYPE
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Clay
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Agathis australis
(kauri, New Zealand kauri)

This tall stately tree is native to New Zealand. It is their largest tree by volume, like Mauna Loa is our largest volcano by volume. This ancient tree developed around the Jurassic period, and has made a niche for itself over the millennia. The tree drops acidic leaf litter which decomposes under the tree. As the acidic litter is washed by rainfall thru the soil it releases trapped nutrients which the tree then takes up using its fine root hair. This process leaves the soil under these trees a grey color leaving other plants in the area nutrient deficient. Often these trees make up small monotypic stands called kauri forests.

Plant Uses

  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Cultural significance

Dangers

None