Kauri (Agathis Australis)
The largest (by volume) but not the tallest species of tree in New Zealand, standing up to 50m. These one year old specimens now at 20 - 30cm to and growing fast. Plant out at this size with protection, or grow on for one year to 60 - 80cm before planting.
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The largest (by volume) but not the tallest species of tree in New Zealand, standing up to 50m. As it grows it sheds it's lower branches, eventually leaving a huge straight trunk with a massive crown at the top. Kauri forests are amongst the most ancient in the World. The specimen known as Tane Mahuta in Northland's Waipoua forest is said to be 1250 to 2500 years old.
The antecedents of the Kauri appeared during the Jurassic period, (between 190 and 135 million years ago) The timbers were once used for much of NZ's early construction, as well as exported to Australia and to the USA for the re-building of San Francisco after the great fire in the early 1900s. The straight grained knot free timber was used for everything from heavy construction to furniture manufacture to wood carving. The gum was highly sought after to manufacture varnish and other products.
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