Podocarpus nivalis

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Podocarpus nivalis
Podocarpus nivalis - Botanischer Garten, Dresden, Germany - DSC08404.JPG
Scientific classification
P. nivalis
Binomial name
Podocarpus nivalis

Podocarpus nivalis (mountain or snow totara) is a species of conifer in the Podocarpaceae family. It is endemic to New Zealand. It grows up to 5 m (16 ft) tall, and is found in the mountains and subalpine lands from 37° to the far south New Zealand (about 46° South Latitude).

Cultivation and uses[edit]

It is one of the hardiest podocarps of the Southern Hemisphere, it has withstood minus 25 °C (minus 13 °F) in the British Isles, and survives long periods under snow in its native habitat, close to the tree line in NZ's high mountains. It needs high rainfall to grow well.

References and external links[edit]

  • Allan. H. H. 1961. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington.
  • Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray 1981
  • Huxley. A. 1992. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. MacMillan Press 1992 ISBN 0-333-47494-5
  • Conifer Specialist Group 1998. Podocarpus nivalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 July 2007.
  • Growing Podocarpus nivalis in the British Isles


  1. ^ Farjon, A. (2013). "Podocarpus nivalis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T42522A2984790. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T42522A2984790.en. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Podocarpus nivalis Hook". New Zealand Organisms Register. Landcare Research New Zealand. Retrieved 15 January 2016.