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Podocarpus nivalis - Hook.f.
                 
Common Name Alpine Totara
Family Podocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 7-11
Known Hazards Superficially similar to Taxus species, but this plant is definitely not poisonous[200].
Habitats Upper forest margins, sub-alpine slopes and occasionally in lowland forests of North and South Islands southwards from latitude 36° 50'[44]
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Prostrate, Rounded, Spreading or horizontal.

Podocarpus nivalis Alpine Totara


Podocarpus nivalis Alpine Totara
   
Physical Characteristics
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Podocarpus nivalis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[1]. Sweet and pleasant to taste[105, 128, 173]. The fruit is about 7mm long[200].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Plants have a sprawling habit, the branches rooting as they grow, and can be grown as a tall ground cover[208]. They are best spaced about 1.2 metres apart[208].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Cascades, Erosion control, Foundation, Ground cover, Massing. Prefers a rich moist non-alkaline soil[167]. Shade tolerant, at least when young[200]. This species is hardy to about -25°c[200], though the plants grow best in mild winter areas with plenty of rainfall and high humidity[200]. They often fruit freely in Britain[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is very tolerant of trimming[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Special Features: Not North American native, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.
Propagation
The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[1]. 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 of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, July/August in a frame[78].

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Australia, New Zealand*,
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Nageia nagiNagi, Nagi Podocarpus, Broadleaf Podocarpus10
Podocarpus alpinusTasmanian Podocarp20
Podocarpus elatusAustralian Plum20
Podocarpus lawrencei 20
Podocarpus macrophyllusKusamaki, Yew plum pine, Buddhist Pine, Chinese Podocarpus, Chinese Yew Pine, Japanese Yew, Souther21
Podocarpus neriifoliusOleander Podocarp, Brown Pine22
Podocarpus nubigenusChilean Podocarp20
Podocarpus salignusWillowleaf Podocarp20
Podocarpus totaraTotara30
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