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Summer planting
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.
Beilschmiedia tarairi
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Family
Lauraceae

Distribution
It is found only in the north of the North Island, to Kawhia on the west and East Cape on the east.

Description
A tree up to 20m high, although in a garden situation its height would be limited to 6-9m, it has a classically pyramidal shape with striking tiers of branches that over time change to form a spreading canopy. Its leaves are 10cm long by 4cm wide, and a dark olive-green with bronze tomentum on new growth. It has insignificant flowers, which produce large purple drupes that are much loved by wood pigeons.

Cultivation
Tarairi likes a good moist, free-draining soil. Although it tolerates shade, its form is fuller if grown in full sun. It will only tolerate a light frost, and is best provided with a wind break when young. Highly suitable as a specimen tree in the garden or in a mixed planting of native trees if there is a large enough area.

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