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Contrary to popular opinion, summer planting is fine as long as adequate water is provided throughout any prolonged dry periods. This allows you to take advantage of increased summer growth.
Ascarina lanceolata
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Common Name
Kermadec Island Hutu.

Raoul Island, one of the Kermadec Islands.

Shrub to 6 - 8 m by 3- 4 m wide. The species is similar to Ascarina lucida but varies when the petiole is 1 cm longer, the leaf is slightly longer and narrower, the leaf tip is also more acute, the anthers are .5 cm longer. The branches are dark brown with a reddish tinge and waxy in appearance. The leaves are 1.5 x 3 - 4 cm. The flower spikes are about 3 cm long, drooping with insignificant flowers that later bear 4 mm long fruit that are white with purple stripes.

Requires dappled light, moist, fertile soil and a frost-free area. This species prefers warmth compared to Ascarina lucida which likes it cold, so this species will be more appropriate for northern gardens. It is attractive and fast-growing and is a threatened species. Rather tropical in appearance and yet to have its day of popularity. Also note that this species is listed in Flora as a variety but now is newly considered a species.


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