Phyllocladus Trichomanoides also known as Tanekaha is a coniferous tree.
Overview of Phyllocladus Trichomanoides or Tanekaha
• It is native to New Zealand.
• Tanekaha is a medium-sized forest tree.
• It grows up to 20 m in height.
• It has 1 m trunk diameter.
• The main structural shoots are green for 2–3 years.
• Then turn brown as the bark thickens.
• The leaves are sparse.
• They are tiny and scale-like.
• They are 2–3 mm long.
• They are only green for a short time.
• They soon turn brown.
• Most photosynthesis is performed by highly modified.
• The leaf-like short shoots are called phylloclades.
• These are arranged alternately.
• They are 10-15 on a shoot.
• The individual phylloclades are rhombic.
• They are 1.5-2.5 cm long.
• The seed cones are berry-like.
• They are in a fleshy white aril.
• It is surrounded but not fully enclosing the single seed.
• Tanekaha shed their lower branches.
• It produces smooth straight trunks and knot-free timber.
• It is sought after for its strength.
• The bark is rich in tannin.
• Maori extracted a red dye.
Scientific Classification for Phyllocladus Trichomanoides or Tanekaha
• Kingdom : Plantae
• Division : Pinophyta
• Class : Pinopsida
• Order : Pinales
• Family : Podocarpaceae
• Genus : Phyllocladus
• Species : P. trichomanoides
• Binomial name : Phyllocladus trichomanoides
Growing/Caring conditions for Phyllocladus Trichomanoides or Tanekaha
• Tanekaha will grow see how to avoid (sandy), medium (loamy),hard (clay) soil.
• It is not necessary for the soil for being well drained.
• The soil prefers the next PH / acid levels:
– pH of below 6, Acidic soils
– pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
– pH more than 8, Basic soils
• Tanekaha prefers moist soils.
• Tanekaha can grow in semi or areas without shade.
• They usually grow in lowland forests which are situated on North and South Islands.
• Grows in just a woodland garden.
• Is suited like a secondary tree.
• Grows on the sunny edge.
• Prefers a superb loamy soil containing leaf mold.
• Succeeds inside a good open soil.
• It takes copious rainfall, mugginess and warmer conditions.
• Vegetation is not too hardy.
• Plant tolerates temperatures right down to about -5°c.
• They succeed outdoors in the mildest areas.
• Seed – sow late winter inside a cold frame.
• If they are sufficient to manage, prick the seedlings out.
• Plant them into individual pots.
• Grow them on within the greenhouse for around their first winter.
• Plant them out within their permanent positions at the end of spring or early summer.
• It is following last expected frosts.
• Cuttings inside a sandy soil in a cool or slightly warm border spring.