PLANT OF THE WEEK
Over the last few weeks in this segment, we’ve been talking about big, big trees, and today’s offering is no exception.
Also considered a dinosaur tree because it evolved millions of years ago when Australia was largely subtropical all over and not just in Queensland.
|Kauri pine: Agathis robusta|
So let’s find out more.
I'm talking with Adrian O”Malley, horticulturist and native plant expert.
- The Kauri pine is quite happy in pots if you have limited space.
- Just need to be root pruned every couple of years, but no more than 10% all round.
|Leaves of kauri pine, no mid-rib.|
|Agathis robuasta female cones|
- The Queensland Kauri is a little known but magnificent specimen, that dates back to the mid-Jurassic period.
- Geelong Botanic Gardens have an avenue of Kauri pine trees planted around the 1860's.
- Sydney Botanic gardens have one large specimen not far from the kiosk and close to the giant Dragon's Blood tree.
If you have any questions either for me or for Adrian, why not write in to firstname.lastname@example.org