Transfixed on Totara Pine

Usually when I am over come by a plant…it typically tends to be something in flower giving me that wow factor.  Well, it is rare that a tree would knock me down…but this one did, Totara Pine (Podocarpus totara).

Totara Pine - Podocarpus totara

Totara Pine – Podocarpus totara

Totara Pine is a New Zealand native with flat needle like leaves.  It has to be the texture of this plant that makes you wanna run up to it and touch it.

Totara Pine - Podocarpus totara

Totara Pine – Podocarpus totara

Here is a shot of the tree as a whole.  The female trees will produce green and red berry like seeds.  The male trees produce the cones.Totara Pine - Podocarpus totara

Sweet bark on this guy too.  Hey, sounds like this tree gets huge.  A sign near the tree indicated that the Maori people would hollow out a single log which was large enough to carry 100 people.  I looked it up, and native this tree grows 100 feet tall.  Here in the Bay Area we can only expect 30 feet.  So…looks like I need to down size my party to 25 or so.Totara Pine - Podocarpus totaraPODOCARPACEAE is the family..which includes another work horse…the Fern Pine (Podocarpus gracilior).  Both are pretty pest free here in the Bay.  Fern Pine goes full sun to shade, while the Totara Pine only drops in to full sun – part share.

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