Lagarostrobus franklinii - Huon Pine
|Synonyms:||Dacrydium franklinii. Hook.|
|Range:||Australia - S. and W. Tasmania.|
The flowers from this plant are dioecious (each plant is either male or female, thus both genders need to be present to seed) and they are pollinated by Wind
Soil InformationHuon Pine will grow in light (sandy),medium (loamy), soil. It is / is important for the soil to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH / acid levels :
- pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
- pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
- pH greater than 8, Basic soils
Huon Pine prefers moist soils
Ideal Planting Locations
Banks of rivers and swampy flats to 750m[11, 167].
Planting places suited to this plant described below.
- Grows within a woodland garden
- Is suited as a secondary tree
- Works within dappled Shade
Cultivation DetailsRequires 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[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. 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.
Edible Uses** See disclaimer
Edible Rating: 2/5
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. It is usually obtained by steam distillation of the wood.
- Condiment - the various plants that are used as flavourings, either as herbs, spices or condiments.
Medicinal Uses** See disclaimer
Medicinal Rating: 0/5
PropagationSeed - 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.
Known HazardsNone known
Other UsesThe 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].
- Repellent - Plants that are said to deter but not necessarily kill various mammals, birds, insects etc.
- Resin - Used in perfumery, medicines, paints, soap making etc. This also includes turpentine, which is extracted from many resins and used as a preservative, water proofer etc,
Cultivarsno recorded cultivars
ReferencesTrees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Author: Bean. W.
Publisher : A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
Date of Publication : 1981
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Author: Huxley. A.
Publisher : Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
Date of Publication : 1992
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