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common name: Wollemi Pine
growth rate: fast
growth habit: conical
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: green
fruit colour: light brown
main season: All Year
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 11
Very ancient and rare species of conifer, recently discovered growing in Australia. Fast growing and ultimately tall tree, often with multiple trunks. Cultivated plants are unlikely to attain the maximum height. Attactive dark green foliage with narrow leaves arranged in 2 rows along the stems. New young growth in apple green, while foliage may become bronze tinged in cold winters. Small male and female cones are pruduced at the tips of branches. Chocolate brown bark with a bubbly texture.
Well drained, preferably slightly acid soil. Tolerates a range of soils and periods of drought, but dislikes waterlogging. Full sun or part shade. Has proven to be fairly frost hardy and also thrives in hot conditions.
From seed or cuttings. Micro-propagation is used for commercial production.
Specimen tree, interesting for its rareity and history.
Can be grown in a container while young.
Found in the Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The exact location is a carefully guarded secret. Discovered by David Noble, a National Parks Officer. There are less than 100 mature trees in the wild population.
Now commercially available, with some profits from sales going to support wild conservation.