Common Name: Totara
Scientific Name: Podocarpus totara
Height at Maturity: 15-30 meters
Time to Maturity: 50 to 100+ years
Growth Rate: Slow
Habitat: Has a wide range of locations from exposed to shaded. A hardy tree that will generally grow anywhere, however does prefer good drainage.
Domesticated Uses: Great as a standalone specimen or kept as a hedge. Used on farms as stock tend to leave it alone.
Medicinal Uses: Historically the smoke was used for skin complained and fevers would be recorded as being reduced by boiling the bark.
Forest Uses: A dominant tree in a mature podocarp forest.
Flowering: August to December (doesn’t really flower).
Fruiting/Nectar: Fruits March to May and Nectar from October to December.
Birds Life: Tui, Kereru and yellow crowned parakeet especially like the berries.
Planting Instructions: It will grow on a range of site, but does prefer sheltered sites with draining soil. Can plant from 2 meters apart depending on the effect you are after.