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McKechnie Nurseries
McKechnie Nurseries, Robinson Road, Coatesville, RD3, Albany
Food for the birds List   Records 1 - 20 of 71

ALECTRYON excelsus - Titoki, New Zealand Oak
Attractive large native with short trunk, spreading branches and glossy foliage. Striking red and black fruit enjoyed by the birds follow little rust-red flowers in early summer. Excellent specimen, shade or drive tree. Easily trimmed to desired size. Frost tender when young, and dislikes very windy or wet conditions.
Evergreen - 7m x 4m

ASTELIA banksii - Wharawhara
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with curving silvery-green leaves and panicles of fragrant, pale green flowers on 50cm stems. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit which become magenta-purple when mature. Tolerant of dry soils and coastal extremes; does best in a location which avoids the hottest midday sun.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

ASTELIA chathamica - Chatham Is. Astelia
An attractive tufted, flax-like plant, found naturally on the forest-floor or perched in trees. Silvery-green leaves make a dramatic contrast in mixed plantings, especially with purple or red foliaged plants. Small bird-attracting fruit follows inconspicuous flowers. Will grow in full sun, but prefers part or full shade; coastal hardy and needs well drained soils.
Evergreen - 1.3m x 1.3m

ASTELIA nervosa Westland
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with rusty reddish foliage and panicles of flowers appearing in summer. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit, which become magenta-purple when mature. Likes open free draining soil, good air movement and partial shade.
Evergreen - 60cm x 60cm

BEILSCHMIEDIA tarairi - Taraire
Attractive native forest giant that starts off upright and slender, but develops into a large, round headed tree, perfect for shade or as a specimen. Looks good in any native planting. Kereru (pigeons) eat the dark purple autumn fruit. Tough in the wind, takes normal soils. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m @ 10 years

CALLISTEMON John Mashlan - Pink Bottlebrush
Tough but pretty shrub, with masses of candyfloss pink flowers in spring and autumn. Birds love the flowers, especially tui. A very fast screen or filler; can be used as a formal clipped hedge (50cm to 70cm spacing), or as a low shelter (1m spacing). Tolerant of drought, wind and damp soils. Flowers better in full sun, and a light trim after flowering helps keep plant bushy.
Evergreen - 2m x 2m

CALLISTEMON Kings Park Special - Red Bottlebrush
Tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific bright-red flowers spring and early summer attract birds (especially tuis) and give a colourful display. Clipping occasionally will help maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge. Flowers best in full sun.
Evergreen - 3m x 3m

CALLISTEMON Little John - Dwarf Bottlebrush
Compact grower with masses of short, deep-red flower brushes through spring and early summer, with occasional blooms almost year round; flowers better in full sun. Makes an attractive low edging and is a great addition to rockeries or mixed plantings in low-maintenance gardens. Tolerant of drought, coastal winds and dry to slightly damp soils. Trim lightly after flowering to keep plant bushy.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

CALLISTEMON Mauve - Mauve Bottlebrush
A tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific mauve-pink flowers through summer attract the birds and give a colourful display. Occasional clipping helps maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge.
Evergreen - 2.5m x 2m

A very compact new dwarf semi-prostrate bottlebrush with small light green leaves and small red flower brushes in spring. Ideal for rockeries and tubs or for low hedges or garden edges. Reasonably hardy. Clipping will help maintain bushiness.
Evergreen - 40cm high x 80cm wide

CALLISTEMON salignus - Willow Bottlebrush, Pink Tips
Tall shrub with graceful weeping form, white papery bark, distinctive coppery-pink new shoots and creamy yellow flowers in summer. Birds love the nectar. A good hardy clipped hedge, shelter or screen. Very fast. Also makes a good shade tree. Tolerant of drought, wind, coastal conditions and damp soils. Pruning helps keep plant bushy
Evergreen - 5m x 4m

CARPODETUS serratus - Putaputaweta
An easy to grow, small native tree with airy, tiered branches and dainty marbled leaves. Clusters of small white flowers in spring/summer are followed by round green then black seed capsules. Often found naturally on streamsides; used extensively in revegetation projects. Grows in full sun to deep shade, in dry to damp soils.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

COPROSMA Middlemore
A versatile, tough shrub with small, rounded, glossy, rich-green leaves. Compact and bushy, it is ideal for shaping and makes a beautiful ornamental hedge. Or use as a superior green filler. Hardy and tolerant of coastal winds, poor, dry or sandy soils, sun or shade. Hardier to frost than Coprosma repens.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

COPROSMA propinqua var. martinii Taiko
A spreading, dense ground cover or wall spiller, forming an attractive mound of little shiny dark green leaves on weeping branchlets which appear to cascade to ground level. Vigorous and hardy, tolerating poor, dry or sandy conditions, coastal spray, sun or shade.
Evergreen - 20cm high x 1.5m wide

COPROSMA repens - Taupata, Mirror Plant
Fast-growing native shrub with shiny green leaves and small orange berries, which the birds love. Makes a beautiful trimmed hedge; also used in mixed borders and in revegetation plantings as a nurse crop. Hardy and tolerant of poor, dry or sandy soils, coastal spray, sun or shade. Avoid wet sites.
Evergreen - 3m x 2m

COPROSMA repens Pink Splendour
Attractive, fast-growing small shrub for hedges, screens and mixed plantings. Can be trimmed to any shape. Distinctive pink wash deepens with cooler autumn and winter temperatures. Hardy and tolerant of poor, dry or sandy soils, coastal spray, sun or part shade. Birds enjoy the orange fruit.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1.5m

COPROSMA repens Plum Hussey(PVR)
A striking coprosma with stand out plum red foliage and contrasting lime green new growth. Perfect for hedging or to add a splash of colour to patio pots, banks and borders. Easy to grow in most soils, except wet, and hardy to frost and wind. Plant in full sun for best colour.
Evergreen - 2m x 2m

COPROSMA repens Yvonne
Fast-growing small shrub for hedges, screens and mixed plantings. Green and chocolate leaves intensify to almost black in winter, and provide a good contrast to greens and silvers in the garden. Hardy and tolerant of poor, dry or sandy soils, coastal spay, sun or part shade. (Will lose good colour in full shade.) Trims readily to any desired shape. Avoid wet sites.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

COPROSMA robusta - Karamu
A tough, fast-growing native shrub, used extensively for native revegetation, and erosion control, but also useful for hedging, under planting of larger trees and for mixed native borders. Prolific orange fruit attracts birds. Tolerates sun or shade, poor soils (including damp), strong winds, ocean spray and cold, and trims readily.
Evergreen - 2m x 1.5m

CORDYLINE australis - Ti Kouka, Cabbage Tree
This palm-like New Zealand icon is very easy to grow in conditions ranging from windy, dry and sandy to swampy; sun or shade. Great for landscaping, especially in mixed plantings; also used extensively in native revegetation and wetland plantings. Spray for caterpillars at first sign of infestation (holes in leaves), and avoid piling bark mulch up against the trunk, as it harbours slaters, which chew the trunks.
Evergreen - 6m x 2m

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