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Previously the Wollemi was thought to be extinct with only fossil records remaining. When New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service officer and avid bush walker, David Noble, abseiled into a deep rainforest gorge, he stumbled upon a group of ancient looking trees. He collected a fallen branch and continued his hike. Returning to Sydney, he approached the NSW National Parks and Wildlife and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney for assistance. His report, that the sample came not from a fern but what looked like a strange, conifer-like tree, intrigued scientists. They returned to the site to gather more specimens and start research. They gave the tree the working title, the Wollemi Pine. It was named after the Wollemi National Park, the location the pines were first discovered. Less than 100 mature trees are known to exist in the park and nowhere else in the world. The scientific name Wollemia nobilis was in honour of the pine’s majestic qualities and David Noble who discovered the trees. In the wild, the pine grows up to 40 metres high, with a trunk diameter of more than one metre. Most have multiple trunks. The unusual foliage has light apple green new tips in spring and early summer which contrast against the older dark green foliage. Another unique feature is its branching pattern, with the mature foliage having two ranks of leaves along the branches. The bark is also distinct, even from related species, looking much like bubbling chocolate. In 2001, Greg Kitson, of Ambrosia Nurseries, Christchurch, was approached by an Australian representative to grow one of the rare trees. Initially he wondered why New Zealand would want another pine tree. But after researching the story of the Wollemi Pine, he quickly changed his mind, wanting to be part of creating history in successfully re-vegetating New Zealand with a cousin of the kauri tree. Raising the tree in New Zealand, he says, may be a home-coming as the tree was possibly part of Gondwanaland. The Wollemi pine is a member of the 200-year- old Araucariaceae family, related to the kauri, along with Norfolk Island, hoop, bunya, and monkey puzzle pines. The oldest known fossil is 90 million years old and the oldest living tree, The Bill Tree, is thought to be about 1000 years old. Now the first, and a limited release collection of the tree, called ‘The David Noble Collection’ can be bought online in New Zealand at www.gardeningsolutions. co.nz for delivery next month. It has taken Ambrosia Nurseries more than 10 years to offer a limited release of the collection and future releases in New Zealand are presently indefinite. The Wollemi Pine is a hardy plant that can withstand temperatures from minus five to 45 degrees C. They are attractive and low maintenance, thriving in direct and partial light. They are suitable as patio and indoor plants as well as feature trees for parks and large gardens.
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