5great rea­sons _ to plant to­tara

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

If you live north of Auck­land, you might even con­sider tō­tara a bit of a weed, pop­ping up along fence lines and in pas­ture, a bit like gorse.

• There are four species of tō­tara in­clud­ing low­land tō­tara – the most com­mon you’ll spot on farms – Hall’s tō­tara, snow tō­tara, nee­dle-leaved tō­tara, and a hy­brid, South West­land tō­tara.

• To­tara– are easy to grow. “You can be sure they’re go­ing to suc­ceed,” says Philip. “Some na­tives are quite dif­fi­cult to grow, but tō­tara don’t mind be­ing out in the open, they can han­dle the sun­shine, the gan­gly youth seems to be pretty pow­er­ful in our cur­rent weather pat­terns, and they don’t seem to mind a lot of rainfall ei­ther, they can han­dle a wide range of con­di­tions.

• To­tara– trees make great hedges if planted around 1m apart and trimmed yearly, turn­ing into a dense wall of fo­liage that’s quite prickly, mak­ing it a good se­cu­rity de­ter­rent, and great habi­tat for birds. • To­tara– are fairly im­mune to pests and disease. • You can get cul­ti­vars of tō­tara in dif­fer­ent colours, in­clud­ing gold (Aurea) and blue (Mat­apouri Blue).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.