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Stream edges

Natives with Alder shelter belt

Successful revegetation

Re-planting lowland forest

Revegetation with Natives

Appletons’ first catalogue listed eleven species of indigenous plants back in 1968, well before native plantings were popular.

Initially, all plants were grown openground with more difficult to transplant species now being grown in plug cells. This allows better survival in adverse conditions of dessicating winds and drought.

Large mature totara, kahikatea and matai growing at the Wakefield nursery produce regular seed crops which we collect. Care is taken to collect from cold, hardy provenances of other species so that they will survive the regular -8ºC frost that the Wakefield nursery gets during winter.

A range of grasses, revegetation and forest species in a range of sizes are available for your planting projects.


We are fortunate to have a number of outstanding evergreen plants that will tolerate very wet sites. The iconic Kahikatea of Westland, with their tall straight trunks rising out of the waters edge is an excellent example.

The following plants will tolerate continually damp or wet conditions:

  • Carex buchananii
  • Carex flagellifera
  • Cordyline australis
  • Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
  • Phornium purpureum
  • Phornium tenax
  • Schoenoplectus validus
  • Sophora microphylla
  • Sporodanthus traversii

A mixture of understorey and forest trees. Most species will grow as a mixture initially with the larger trees ultimately dominating.

  • Carex species
  • Chinochloa species
  • Cordyline australis
  • Cortaderia species
  • Dacrycarpus dacrydioides
  • Dodonaea viscosa
  • Griselinia littoralis
  • Kunzea ericoides
  • Phormium species
  • Pittosporum species
  • Plagianthus regius
  • Podocarpus species
  • Prumnopitys taxifolia
  • Sophora species


Dry sites are particularly challenging to successful establishment initially, but once established many native plants are well adapted to dry sites.

The following plants are suitable for dry sites:

  • Carex buchananii
  • Carex comans
  • Carex testacea
  • Chionochloa beddiei
  • Chionochloa conspicua
  • Chionochloa flavicans
  • Cordyline australis
  • Dodonaea viscosa
  • Griselinia littoralis
  • Phormium cookianum
  • Pittosporum eugenoides
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium
  • Plagianthus regius
  • Poa cita
  • Podocarpus hallii
  • Podocarpus totara
  • Sophora (all)