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Spring Update 2021

Spring Blog Post 2021

Spring Update, 2021

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Welcome to our spring update for 2021!

Spring has finally sprung in the Southern Highlands! After a false start in September and following a colder spell in October, we can finally say that the season is well underway. While the bees have been busy pollinating and flowers bloom, fall and make way for new leaves, we’ve been busy in our propagating shed preparing and growing some exciting new additions for 2022 and 2023. 

Before we share our update we’d like to acknowledge the sacrifices made by everyday Aussies these last 18 months.

Lockdown has been tough for most of us in the country’s southeastern part, particularly those in Victoria and Greater Sydney who took the brunt of the latest Coronavirus wave.

Our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to those who were affected by or lost someone close to them during this terrible period.

We would also like to acknowledge those who’ve done it tough, experienced tremendous upheaval and turmoil, and express our solidarity and thanks to all the essential workers across the nation. They made sacrifices to keep our shelves stocked, and cared for our most vulnerable during one of the most difficult times in modern history.

As we start to return to our new ‘normal’ and return to our lives, we hope that we can take some valuable experiences with us from our time confined to our homes.

One such activity that some people rekindled with, or perhaps enjoyed for the first time is connecting with nature. This could have been in the form of gardening, bushwalking or perhaps learning to grow food crops. It’s been heartwarming to see the transfer of skills and passion for all things that grow between friends and family. Scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest and seeing gardens big and small around the country grow and bloom has been an absolute delight. It’s been an inspiration to us here at Sequoia Valley Farms to propagate and expand our range to include some new additions for 2022 / 2023! Read on to see what we’ve been up to and what to expect on the website over the coming months.

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New Arrivals for November and December

It’s been a busy few months on the farm and we’re delighted to introduce some new species to the website, and welcome back some previously sold-out varieties.

New varieties:

Southern Sassafrass (Atherosperma moschatum) – An evergreen cool temperateCool Temperate Cool temperate can refer to climactic conditions or a specific biome that hosts plant kingdoms typically associated with cool temperate rainforests. Climate areas correspond with Australian climate zones 6 and 7 and include cities such as Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra. Regional areas include most of the southern half of Victoria, Tasmania, southeastern New South Wales and the highland / Great Dividing Range extending into northern NSW and southern Queensland. Cool temperate regions experience high amounts of rainfall throughout the year, have a cold to cool winter and summers that are mild to warm. Snowfall in some of these localities is not uncommon. rainforest tree found from Tasmania into southern New South Wales. Stunning white flowers flushed with pink hues with columnar growth habit.

Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica) – An evergreen conifer tolerant of a range of conditions and soil types. Green foliage when young maturing to a greyish-silver green as the tree matures.

King Billy Pine (Athrotaxis selaginoides) – An evergreen native conifer from Tasmania, endemic to the wet, cool highland regions. Rare on the mainland, this highly prized ornamental requires adequate reliable rainfall and a cooler, temperate environment. 

Tasmanian Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida) – An evergreen large shrub to small tree with glossy green leaves and scented flowers. ‘Leatherwood Cream’ features variegated leaves of green and gold. 

Creeping Strawberry Pine (Microcachrys tetragona) – A unique creeping and low-form pine from Western Tasmania. Prefers a cool, moist, well-drained position. Attractive red, seed-holding berries.

Tasmanian Dwarf Pine (Diselma archeri) – Growing in Tasmania’s southwest and central Highland region, this unique conifer has a low shrub form habit growing to 1 to 4 metres in height. Requires cool, moist and well-drained position.

Native Laurel (Anopterus glandulosus) – Also known as the Tasmanian Laurel, this attractive large shrub to small tree is found in wet sclerophyll and cool temperate rainforests. Unique specimen for the serious collector.

Back in Stock:

Huon Pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) – A native evergreen conifer from southwestern Tasmania. Famed for its high-quality timber, this highly-prized ornamental can also live millenia, with specimens over 10,000 years reported.

Celery Top Pine (Phyllocladus aspleniifolius) – Unique leaf shape gives this conifer its name. Found in western Tasmania, it is related to the Toatoa and Tanekaha of New Zealand.

Oyster Bay Pine (Callitris rhomboidea) – Native conifer is found across Eastern and Southern Australia. Highly ornamental evergreen with a heavenly scent, it is drought hardy, responds well to pruning and is excellent as both a screen and hedge. 

More Stock Available:

Myrtle Beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii) – This evergreen native tree is found in the cool temperate forests of Victoria and Tasmania. A relic of a time when Australia’s climate was much cooler and wetter, this specimen is superficially similar to the New Zealand Silver Beech and emblematic of Antarctic Flora. 

New Species Available from 2022

2022 will see the addition of some new species from The Land Of The Long White Cloud.

Currently in production in tube stock size are Silver Beech (Nothofagus menziesii), Hinau, or New Zealand Quandong (Elaeocarpus dentatus), The New Zealand Red Pine or Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) and a very, very limited run of the very rare New Zealand Black Pine or Miro (Prumnopitys ferruginea). Also coming back into rotation: more cutting struck Tōtara Pines (Podocarpus totara) and later in 2022 / early 2023 seed-grown Tōtara Pines and Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides).

Additionally, we’ll have a limited run in early to mid-2022 of some rare South American conifers in convenient tube stock size of Willow-Leaf Podocarp (Podocarpus salignus), The rare Prince Albert Yew (Saxegothaea conspicua), and the attractive Chilean plum Yew (Prumnopitys andina). 

Lastly, we’re also expanding our conifer range to include more Asian, European, North American and Australian species.

Coming up for mid-2022 are the Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis), Coulter Pine (Pinus coulteri), Eastern Pine (Pinus strobus), Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda), Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana).

We’re also introducing Firs and Spruce trees, including the Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Black Spruce (Picea mariana) Yezo Spruce (Picea jezoensis) and Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii).

We’re also expanding our Callitris range to include Drummond’s Cypress (Callitris drummondii), Roe’s Cypress Pine (Callitris roei), Rottnest Island Pine (Callitris preissii), Scrubby Cypress Pine (Callitris canescens) and the subtropical to tropical species Bailey’s Cypress Pine (Callitris baileyi) and the Stringybark Cypress Pine (Callitris macleayana).

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