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McKechnie Nurseries
McKechnie Nurseries, Robinson Road, Coatesville, RD3, Albany
Tough stuff for the farm List Records 21 - 40 of 44

EUCALYPTUS nicholli - Peppermint Gum
Very attractive ornamental gum with weeping branches and fine textured bluish-green foliage, which smells of peppermint when crushed. Tiny white inconspicuous flowers attract birds. Grows in moist (not wet) soils and withstands drought and frost. Excellent shade tree.
Evergreen - 10+m x 6m

EUCALYPTUS nitens - Shining Gum
Tall, very hardy, exceptionally fast gum with excellent tolerance to humidity, frost, and dry to moist soils, but not prolonged waterlogging. A good species for firewood as it coppices well (resprouts after cutting); also used for very fast shelter (5m in two years on fertile sites) and pulpwood. Smooth, pale bark. Leaves become narrower as tree matures.
Evergreen - 25m x 10m

EUCALYPTUS ovata - Swamp Gum
Has little value as a timber tree, but is a strongly coppicing firewood tree, i.e. when cut off at knee height, new growth shoots from stump. Can be harvested at approx 5 years, and will continue to regrow over several rotations. Bark is rough and flaky over the lower trunk but is smooth tan or grey further up. Very useful for waterlogged sites, including those which are mildly saline. Firewood spacing: 2m x 2m.
Evergreen - 20+m x 10m

FRAXINUS oxycarpa Raywoodii - Claret Ash
Elegant but hardy large tree with feathery bright green leaves turning deep claret in autumn, and picturesque bare winter branch structure. An excellent choice as a drive liner, shade tree or lawn specimen. Grows quickly in dry to quite poorly drained soils and withstands a reasonable amount of wind.
Deciduous - 8m x 5m

MAGNOLIA grandiflora Ferruginea
A sturdy, selected form of the parent M. grandiflora, with rust-coloured heavily felted undersides to thick glossy leaves, and big, fragrant creamy-white flowers in summer. Use as paddock tree, lawn specimen or drive liner at 5 - 10m spacing. Virtually pest-free and no-fuss, coping with dry to damp soils and wind. Trims readily to any desired size or shape.
Evergreen - 7m x 5m

MAGNOLIA grandiflora Little Gem
Compact, pyramidal shaped tree with large shiny leaves and lots of big, creamy summer flowers from an early age. Grows in most soils; hardy to frost and most wind. Although called 'Little Gem' this cultivar is still a big growing tree, some specimens reaching 8m in 10 years. Flowers are smaller than those of the species grandiflora. Ideal specimen or drive liner, at 5 to 10m spacing.
Evergreen - 5-8m x 4m

METASEQUOIA glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood
A very fast-growing, very tall Chinese tree, similar in appearance to the Californian redwood, but differing in that it loses its leaves. Soft, ferny green foliage changes in autumn to golden-brown with pink and apricot tints. Dislikes very wet or very dry soils, but handles slightly moist sites. Allow plenty of space, as this becomes a very tall tree.
Deciduous - 12m x 6m @ 10 years

METROSIDEROS excelsa - Pohutukawa, NZ Christmas Tree
Large spreading tree with tough, leathery dark green leaves and masses of dark crimson flowers from December through mid-summer. Perfect in many landscaping situations where space permits and an obvious choice for coastal planting (takes very heavy wind and salt spray). Grows well in any soil except wet, including steep and/or rocky or sandy sites. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m @ 10 years

METROSIDEROS excelsa Scarlet Pimpernel - Pohutukawa
A slow-growing, smaller cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, with a rounded shape and masses of brilliant scarlet flowers for a long period over summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen. Tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 5m x 3.5m

METROSIDEROS excelsa Vibrance - Pohutukawa
A beautiful cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, growing short and wide, with large, bright scarlet flowers in summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen, or for added interest in a mixed planting. Slowish growing; tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 4m x 3m

PINUS radiata - Pine Tree
Pine trees will grow almost anywhere, handling extreme winds, dryness and some moisture (but not swampiness). Growth is fast; expect at least 1m a year, once established. If tended pines produce good timber. Initial spacing for timber is 3m x 3m. If planting for shelter, space at 1 - 2m and trim the sides yearly to maintain denseness. Trimmed 2 or 3 times a year they make a fantastic thick hedge.
Evergreen - 8m+ x 5m

PLAGIANTHUS regius - Ribbonwood
A reasonably quick-growing native with very distinctive juvenile and adult forms. Juvenile trees have dainty leaves on interlacing branchlets and a slim upright habit for 5 to 7 years. Adult form is similar to lacebark, with strongly upright growth, bigger leaves and masses of cream-green flowers. Can be kept in juvenile form by removing upright growth as it appears. Copes with strong winds and damp soils.
Semi-deciduous - 5m x 4m

Fast-growing, large, round-headed tree with big maple-like leaves, burr-like fruit and smooth cream/grey bark which peels off in flakes. A first choice for lawn or paddock specimens, or for lining drives. Survives in extremes of poor soil, limited or excess moisture and sealed roots, hence its wide use as a city street tree. Can be pollarded (cut back) severely, but if growing to full size, allow plenty of space.
Deciduous - 7m x 5m @ 10years

PODOCARPUS totara - Totara
One of NZ's forest giants, totara can be more shrub-like when young. Planted in the open, it is often densely branched and pyramidal in shape, and staking is required to keep it going up straight. If growing on the forest floor, totara will head for the sunlight and stay straight. Foliage can be bronze to green. Hardy to wind and frost and will tolerate damp soils and coastal conditions.
Evergreen - 6m x 4m @ 10 years

QUERCUS coccinea - Scarlet Oak
Large, stately North American oak eventually forming a wide spreading open-branched crown. Large leaves turn an intense scarlet in autumn - best red of all the oaks. Ideal as lawn or paddock specimen, for woodland plantings, for drives and around ponds. Hardy to drought once established; also tolerates dampness and some wind. May sit without growing for the first couple of years.
Deciduous - 7m x 5m

QUERCUS palustris - Pin Oak
A vigorous grower, with strong central leader and horizontally layered branches; lower branches droop to the ground, but can be 'limbed up' (trimmed off). Lovely colour in autumn, when leaves turn rusty orange/red, fading to brown. Ideal lawn or paddock specimen, for woodland plantings, drives and around ponds. Tough, wind-hardy and tolerant of dry or quite damp soil; does best in moist, rich soils.
Deciduous - 8m x 6m

QUERCUS robur - English Oak
Broad, spreading, short-trunked tree needing plenty of space - often seen in parks and public gardens. Large, mid-green leaves turn yellow in autumn. Ideal for drives and around ponds, or for shade on the lawn; also grown to produce valuable durable timber. Trees long-lived; tough, okay in most situations, but do best in moist soils. Reasonably wind-hardy. Produce lots of acorns.
Deciduous - 10m x 10m

QUERCUS robur Fastigiata - Upright English Oak
An oak with columnar form similar to a Lombardy poplar when young, maturing to a very tall pyramidal shape. Useful for shelter, paddock or garden specimens or for lining drives. Tough and wind hardy; tolerates moist soils. Yellow autumn leaves turn brown and hang on through winter.
Deciduous - 8m x 3m @10years

QUERCUS rubra - Red Oak
A large-growing North American oak, similar to the scarlet oak, but having bigger leaves, which are matt rather than glossy. Good red autumn colour; may fade to a dull red, or sometimes yellowish bronze in maturity. High branching habit and open crown makes it a good shade tree. Also produces valuable timber. A tough tree, tolerating some wind, and poorer soils.
Deciduous - 10m x 7m

SEQUOIA sempervirens - Californian Redwood
Stately, narrow conical tree for farm landscaping or durable timber production. Likes deep, moist (not swampy) soils and more sheltered sites; lovely beside a stream. Plant singly or in groves at 3-6m spacing. Grows quickly in NZ's climate (up to 1m-plus per year) and is eventually very tall (25-35m). At 111m, a USA sequoia, 'The Founder's Tree', is the world's tallest recorded tree. Growth rings in fallen giants have indicated a life span of 2200 years.
Evergreen - 8m x 4m @ 10 years

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