Also Known as: Red pine, Rimu
Height - 50m
Dacrydium cupressinum (NZ Native)
Very rarely available - Several years between viable seed crops
Rimu is a slow-growing tree, eventually attaining a height of up to 50 m. It typically appears as an emergent from mixed broadleaf temperate rainforest, although there are almost pure stands (especially on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand). Its lifespan is approximately 800 to 900 years. The leaves are spirally arranged, awl-shaped, up to 7 mm long on juvenile plants, and 1 mm wide; and 2 to 3 mm long on mature trees. It is dioecious, with male and female cones on separate trees, the seeds take 15 months to mature after pollination. The seeds are dispersed by birds which eat the fleshy scale and pass the seed on in their droppings; they are an important food resource for some species, particularly the kakapo, whose breeding cycle has been linked to cone production cycle of the tree.Although slow to establish, with a long juvenile period and fairly high moisture requirements, rimu is widely grown as an ornamental tree in New Zealand. It is attractive at all growth stages, usually quite narrow when young, then developing into a broader tree with weeping branches before finally progressing to its more upright adult form.
Approximate viable seed per gram:100
1 gram approx 100 seeds $36
5 grams approx 500 seeds $118
10 grams approx 1000 seeds $196
How to Grow
Recommended pre germination seed treatment:
This seed is perishable and cannot be dry stored. After collection & cleaning we place seed in cold storage. It should be sown on receipt.