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Knightia Excels or Rewarewa belongs to the genus of Knightia

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Knightia Excels which is also known by the name Rewarewa belongs to the genus Knightia.

Overview of Knightia Excels or Rewarewa

• It is an evergreen tree.
• It is endemic to:
– The low elevation
– Valley forests of New Zealand’s North Island
– Marlborough Sounds
• Rewarewa can grow up to a height of 30 metres.
• It has a slender crown.
• The plant has leaves that are alternate and leathery.
• It is narrow and oblong.
• The leaves are 10 – 15 cm long and 2.5 – 3.5 cm wide.
• They do not have stipules.
• The flowers are 2 – 3.5 centimetres long.
• They are bright red in color.
• They are borne in racemes which are about 10 cm long.
• It was also known as New Zealand honeysuckle by early European settlers.
• The flowers are great for production of honey.
• This plant was famous for its timber which was used for furnitures.
• It has machining properties that are excellent for making.

It is a useful:
– Turnery timber
– For marquetry
– Inlays
– Boat building trim
– Craft timber
The heartwood of this plant is non-durable. It’s sapwood is non resistant to Anobium borer attack.

Scientific classification for Knightia Excels or Rewarewa

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• Order : Proteales
• Family : Proteaceae
• Tribe : Knightieae
• Genus : Knightia
• Species : K. excelsa
• Binomial name : Knightia excelsa

Growing/Caring conditions

• This plant grows well in light, medium or hard soil.
• The soil needs to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH levels:
– pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
– pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
– pH greater than 8, Basic soils
• This plant prefers moist soils.
• This plant grows with no shade or partial shade.
• It grows well within a woodland garden.

It suits to be a:
– canopy tree
– secondary tree
– sunny edge
• The plant grows in a fertile soil with good draining capacity.
• It needs protection from cold.
• The plant can tolerate very light and short-lived frosts.
• The tolerance level is of a minimum winter temperature of about 3°c.
• It makes a very good bee plant.
• Sow the seed in a warm green house.
• Sow during the spring.
• Once the seedlings are large enough, prick the seedlings out.
• Place them in individual pots.
• Let them grow in the greenhouse in its first winter.
• In late spring or early summer, remove them and keep them in their permanent position.
• Do so after the last expected frosts.

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