Forest giant. Distribution throughout Northland to Bay of Plenty
Agathis australis, commonly known by its Māori name kauri, is a coniferous tree of Araucariaceae in the genus Agathis, found north of 38°S in the northern districts of New Zealand's North Island. Kauri trees grow tall and straight with very little taper. It is difficult to grasp the immensity of a mature Kauri tree unless you have seen one of the ancient ones, such as Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest. The Kauri tree is one of the most famous New Zealand natives, and at a mature age, one of the largest trees in the world.
The native giant can take 30 years to reach the height of 10 metres, and because of this, the tree still works effectively in a smaller garden. The bronze coloured leaves of the juvenile tree and distinct layering of branches are key aesthetics to the Kauri tree. Agathis australis can be a useful accent against a tall facade where space may be limited. In terms of care the young Kauri may need to be staked until established, and its prominent lateral roots should remain moist in order for the tree to thrive.
- Agathis australis on Wikipedia.com
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