Lagarostrobus franklinii – Huon Pine

A slow growing and long lived tree. Grows from 10 to 20 metres tall, and the branches are attractively weeping. In a garden situation it will take decades for it to grow to around 6 metres. It is dioecious, meaning it has male and female flowers on separate plants. Naturally growing along watercourses, they like damp conditions, and do not tolerate dry periods. Will grow in sunny to shady spots.

The timber has a very high oil content- methyl eugenol-  which offers the timber waterproof and rotproof properties as well as being insect deterrent. Plus it smells good. It is a softwood, making it easy to work with, it is highly valued for many purposes – boat and furniture building and carving.

It has a small natural range, in the south west of Tasmania. A valuable timber plant, it is illegal to cut down live trees, so only dead ones can be harvested to ensure the conservation of this relatively rare tree. They can live to around 3,00 years old, making them one of Australia’s oldest living organisms.

Scientific Name:Lagarostrobus franklinii
Common Name:Huon pine
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:10 ~ 25 metres
Flower Colour:Brown
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Cold climate
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Weeping
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost

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Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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