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Common Name: Kawaka
Libocedrus plumosa is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 9.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Lowland forests between latitudes 35 and 38°south[
Requires a sheltered position in a good deep soil that is rich in humus[
This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it succeeds outdoors in Cornwall and S. Ireland[
]. A tree at Wakehurst Place was 5 metres tall in 1971[
A slow-growing tree, it requires high humidity and protection from cold drying easterly winds[
The wood is said to act as a deterrent to insects[
Wood - easily worked and often very beautiful. Used for construction, shingles etc[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold greenhouse in late winter. 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.