Ben’s favourite or­chard tree of all

The win­ner of the best coastal/ carv­ing/or­chard tree prize is

NZ Lifestyle Block - - In The Home Orchard - To­tara.

to­tara ( Podocar­pus to­tara), a very sta­ble pink-coloured wood, soft to carve but strong, used tra­di­tion­ally for posts, win­dow frames, and Maori waka and carv­ings. To­tara sur­vives salt winds right down to the tide mark, and pro­duces nice sweet ed­i­ble red berries. It qual­i­fies as a truly multi-pur­pose tree, plus the bonus it that it’s re­sis­tant to graz­ing and easy to grow from cut­tings.

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