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Common Name: Yellow Silver Pine
Lepidothamnus intermedius is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 10.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Lowland, montane and sub-alpine forests, often in bog forests, southwards from latitude 35°s on North, South and Stewart Islands[
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[
]. It tolerates shade and probably requires it in drier areas if the tree is to survive[
]. Requires warm summers if it is to grow well, and even then it is very slow growing. Plants grow much taller in their native habitat than they do in Britain.
This species is only hardy in the milder areas of the country[
], tolerating temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Wood - straight grained, firm, yellowish, resinous, very durable. Used for boat building, telegraph poles etc[
Seed - sow spring in a freely draining compost in a cold frame. It usually germinates in 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. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings in early autumn.