Podocarpus totara (totara)
Podocarpus totara is one of New Zealand’s mightiest forest trees, tolerant to most soil types and environments. Totara can reach a height of 30m. It gains height quite quickly for the first few years, then slowly fills out. The needle like leaves are olive-green in colour. The bark is reddish brown and peels in long thick strips. Trees are either male or female, with the female carrying the seed in bright red berries in autumn. Totara is suitable for planting as a specimen tree or used for block plantings.