Tree, conifer evergreen, broad spreading Height : 4m to 25m included Origin : New Zealand Environment : lowlands, mountain and lower subalpine forests, from sea level to 600 m altitude Climate : temperate, cool
Notes : The Totara (a Maori name) is a New Zealand endemic tree which grows slowly and rarely reaches important heights. It’s wood is hard and very resistant to rot. Because of these qualities, it is often used for fence posts and floor pilings. It is also much appreciated for carving. Maoris appreciated it very much also for building canoes. It tolerates a wide range of conditions and is an important species in the Antarctic flora.