The Titoki tree is a popular urban Native that has attractive glossy green leaves and a spreading canopy. With it’s small red fruits, the Titoki attracts native birds such as the New Zealand Wood Pigeon and it’s leaves and oil are a natural insect repellant.
The Titoki will grow to 4-8m but responds well to trimming and shaping and in suitable conditions will grow approx 300-500 mm per year. As another rough guide you would expect a Titoki to be about 5m high after 10 years.
Titoki are OK with a wide range of light conditions, and will thrive in either full sun or partial shade.
- Titoki prefer a well drained soil. Therefore if you are planting in heavy clay then the tree will benefit from a deep layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and moist during dry conditions.
- When selecting your planting site, consider the location of underground services or obstructions that might get in the way as the tree grows.
- Once you have chosen the planting site, dig a hole approximately 1/3 larger than the container.
- Carefully remove the tree from the container, being careful not to disturb or damage the root mass, and position the plant in the hole.
- Back fill the hole with a mixture of the original soil and a slow release fertilizer and then compact the soil around the tree. It is also a good idea to place some mulch around the base of the tree as it grows.
- The tree should be protected from strong winds with a garden stake until the tree is well established.
- Water the tree immediately after planting and continue to water regularly as it establishes itself.
- Watch and enjoy your Titoki tree grow!
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