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Revegetation natives List   Records 1 - 20 of 36

AGATHIS australis - Kauri
Majestic forest giant, deserving of a place in the farm or large garden landscape. Ideal to scatter among revegetating bush. Has neat pyramidal form when young, eventually having a spreading crown. Grows in most soils but requires sheltered, part shade situation with cool roots and summer moisture (not waterlogged) when young. Mulch to simulate bush conditions
Evergreen - 6m @ 10 years

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

CAREX dipsacea - Tahoata
A vigorous native grass with green foliage, slightly tinged with red. Quickly forms a rounded tussocky clump, making it ideal for planting in the garden, on banks or beside a pond. Extremely hardy, and tolerant of dry to wet sites; often used in native wetland plantings. Grows in sun or part shade. If plants become untidy, cut back hard or 'groom' to remove old foliage and flower heads.
Evergreen - 80cm x 80cm

CAREX lessoniana - Rautahi, Spreading Swamp Sedge
A tough, vigorous native grass, often used in wetland and native revegetation plantings. Ideal for stabilising stream banks. Extremely hardy and tolerant of damp or wet sites, but will also grow in normal soils, sun or part shade. Leaves are rich, bright to dark green, with harsh edges. Rautahi's wide creeping rhizome often results in a plant wider than it is high.
Evergreen - 1mh x 2mw

CAREX secta - Pukio
A large, vigorous native grass, ideal for planting in the garden or beside a pond, and used extensively in wetland and native revegetation plantings. Extremely hardy and tolerant of damp or wet sites, including shallow water or swamps. Grows in sun or part shade. If plants become untidy, cut back hard. They will recover rapidly with renewed vigour.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

CAREX virgata
Handsome, vigorous, bright green swamp sedge, which also grows quite happily on dry sites, in sun or semi-shade. It is very similar to Carex secta, but doesn't grow quite as large, and maintains a deeper green colour. Foliage is coarse and sharp edged. Useful in mass plantings, on banks, stream edges and in native wetland plantings. Plants which have become untidy can be cut back hard. They will soon regenerate.
Evergreen - 1.2m x 1m

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 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 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

CORTADERIA fulvida - Toetoe
Attractive native grass forming large tussocks with tall, feathery flower plumes in spring/early summer. (Not to be confused with autumn-flowering introduced pampas). Golden flower heads may be pinkish when they first emerge. Useful for erosion control, as low shelter, or as nurse plant in revegetation projects. Grows easily on most sites, from dry sandy soils on the coast to moist swamp margins.
Evergreen - 2m x 2m

CORYNOCARPUS laevigatus - Karaka, NZ Laurel
A handsome big-growing tree with leathery glossy leaves and large orange fruit enjoyed by kereru (wood pigeons). The raw seed is poisonous to humans. Makes a good shade tree or screen and is often used in native revegetation plantings, especially on the coast. Possum hardy and very wind hardy, but frost tender when young, and needs free-draining soils.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m

CYPERUS ustulatus - Giant Umbrella Sedge
A large, coarse, tussock-forming plant which grows easily in a variety of soils and situations where moisture is present, including coastal. Resents very dry soils, but happy in damp or very wet sites. Will grow in shallow water, making it useful in wetland plantings. Flower stems of up to 1.2m carry dark brown, shining spikelets.
Evergreen - 1m x m

DACRYCARPUS dacrydioides - Kahikatea, White Pine
A tall, slow-growing forest giant, with a great expanse of clean unbranched trunk. Thrives along stream sides, around ponds, in damp valleys or in swampy conditions; prefers damp and semi-shaded position when young. Looks great planted in groups or stands and under-planted with grasses. Red fruit in March is good for the birds.
Evergreen - 7m x 4m @ 10 years

DODONAEA viscosa - Ake Ake
An erect, fast-growing, densely foliaged shrub producing masses of cream ornamental inflated seed pods in summer. Very tough, tolerating salt-laden winds, drought and frost. Ideal for native revegetation, erosion control, ornamental screens, clipped hedges or group plantings. If possible, keep trimmed when young to allow root establishment to keep up with top growth.
Evergreen - 3m x 1m

FICINIA nodosa (syn. Isolepsis nodosa) - Knobby Clubrush
A shiny dark green rush, topped with brownish seed clusters. Grows well on dry coastal banks, dunes and stream banks, but also handles wet sites, including saline marshes. Prefers full sun. Very useful in native revegetation projects, especially in coastal situations.
Evergreen - 60cm x 50cm

HEBE stricta - Koromiko
A larger hebe with long, narrow leaves and large white (occasionally bluish tinted) flowers in erect 7-15cm spikes in summer. Fast growing and tough, often used in revegetation projects. Thrives in most conditions, in sun or semi-shade, but avoid wet sites. If used in a garden situation, trim back by a third after flowering and feed with a general fertiliser.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

HOHERIA populnea - Lacebark
Graceful, fast-growing small tree with slender branches and masses of starry white flowers in late summer. Forms a rapid screen, and is an attractive addition to mixed plantings, especially with other natives. Often used as nurse tree in revegetation projects. Responds well to trimming, and thrives in most conditions, including coastal exposure. Avoid wet sites.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

JUNCUS gregiflorus - Common Rush
A robust native rush growing in tight clumps with bright green stems and small brown flowers. Widely used in wetland revegetation projects and great for filling in a damp spot or mass planting around ponds. Easy to grow; will thrive in swamps, dune hollows or anywhere moisture is present.
Evergreen - 1m x 90cm

JUNCUS pallidus - Giant Rush, Wiwi
A native rush growing in robust, pale grey green clumps with small, brown flowers on tall spikes. Great for filling in a damp spot or planting around ponds and used extensively for wetland revegetation. Tough and easy to grow; will thrive in swamps, dune hollows or anywhere with moisture present.
Evergreen - 2m x 1m

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