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Wollemi pine

Wollemia nobilis

Long thought extinct, the wollemi pine was discovered in 1994 in a remote section of Australia. With only a small grove in existence, a plan was developed to save the tree from extinction by propagating it and selling its offspring. Trials in the U.S. have placed the wollemi pine in Zones 7 to 11. Grow it in full sun. Because this tree has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, it’s safe to say it is long-lived. And apparently brontosaurus browsing isn’t a problem.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsOne of the oldest and rarest plants on Earth, there are less than 100 mature wollemi pines known in the wild. They have unusual pendulous foliage with bright green new tips in spring and early summer. This pine was discovered in Wollemi National Park, 125 miles west of Sydney, Australia.   

CareProvide full sun and moist but well-drained soil. Much more care information is available on wollemi pine's own  web site .

  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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