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OUR GROUP HAS PERMISSION TO MAINTAIN 10 SITES OF ECOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE WITH SIGNIFICANT INDIGENOUS VEGETATION PLUS 2 CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL PARKS IN
THE RED ZONE. 
REGULAR WORKING BEES HAPPEN AT THESE SITES. WHERE VOLUNTEERS FROM BOTH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE WELCOME TO GET INVOLVED WITH CREATING OUR PARK FROM THE GROUND UP.

Today we take a look at another one of the magnificent trees that are in the residential red zone. There are many fantastic trees, both exotic and native species, but our main focus is saving the native plants within the red zone area. Todays featured tree is Dacrydium cuppressinum or Rimu which is one of New Zealand's native conifers. It forms a very tall forest canopy tree growing to a height of more than 35-50 metres with a wide distribution throughout New Zealand, in lowland to montane forest. It is an attractive pyramid shaped tree with a weeping habit and needle-like foliage that can vary from bronze to green when young, but always green in the adult form. Rimu has separate male and female plants, with the female plant bearing the flowers and fruit. It is a hardy tree preferring a sheltered moist shady situation when young but will also grow in full sun. There are a number of Rimu in the residential red zone, and we hope that these trees are around for a long time, and become a great feature of the Avon-Otakaro Forest Park!

 

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