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Lagarostrobus franklinii - (Hook.f.)Quinn.

Common Name Huon Pine
Family Podocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Banks of rivers and swampy flats to 750 metres[11, 167].
Range Australia - S. and W. Tasmania.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Lagarostrobus franklinii Huon Pine


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lagarostrobus franklinii is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft 3in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The species is 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) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Dacrydium franklinii. Hook.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The source of an essential oil, called Huon pinewood oil, that has been recommended for the production of vanillin[61, 183]. This can be used as a flavouring in ice creams, confectionery, beverages etc[183]. It is usually obtained by steam distillation of the wood[156].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Repellent;  Resin.

The essential oil (see above) is also used in medicinal soaps, toilet water, as a preservative in casein paints etc[46, 61, 156]. 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[61, 156, 167].

Cultivation details

Requires a light, freely draining soil[164] in a sheltered position with protection from cold winds[166]. Requires high rainfall and humidity if it is to succeed[200]. This species tolerates shade and probably requires it in drier areas if the tree is to survive[82, 200]. It requires warm summers if it is to grow well in this country, and even then it is very slow growing[11, 200]. Plants are only hardy in the milder areas of the country[11, 82]. An 80 year old tree at Bodnant was 6 metres tall in 1970[185]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and colder, wetter winters.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a freely draining compost. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 20°c[164]. 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[200]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

Peter Trenear   Tue Nov 15 2005

I congratulate you on this site , wonderful ammount of information. I actually sell small plants of this tree and have a photo on my web site , which shows my stock plant and my babies raised from cuttings. I have just anwered an Email from a customer anxious to grow one on. Real coincidence.

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thomas andersen   Thu Jan 5 2006

thomas andersen hand crafted tasmanian amimals in houn pine

ivy   Sat Jun 16 2007

what is the origin of the huon pine??

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