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Common Name: Huon Pine
Lagarostrobos franklinii is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 15.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Australia - S. and W. Tasmania.
Banks of rivers and swampy flats to 750 metres[
Requires a light, freely draining soil[
] in a sheltered position with protection from cold winds[
]. Requires high rainfall and humidity if it is to succeed[
]. This species tolerates shade and probably requires it in drier areas if the tree is to survive[
]. It requires warm summers if it is to grow well in this country, and even then it is very slow growing[
Plants are only hardy in the milder areas of the country[
]. An 80 year old tree at Bodnant was 6 metres tall in 1970[
]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[
] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and colder, wetter winters.
The source of an essential oil, called Huon pinewood oil, that has been recommended for the production of vanillin[
]. This can be used as a flavouring in ice creams, confectionery, beverages etc[
]. It is usually obtained by steam distillation of the wood[
The essential oil (see above) is also used in medicinal soaps, toilet water, as a preservative in casein paints etc[
Wood - fairly hard, straight grained, light, soft, strong, aromatic. It is very durable, containing a strongly scented resin that repels insects. Used for construction, furniture etc[
Seed - sow spring in a freely draining compost. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 20°c[
]. Another report says that the seed can be very slow to germinate and that it is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible.