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Plant selection

Selecting native plants for the Kaipaki Gully

Native plant species vary from region to region. They also differ in where they are most happy growing, from hills to gullys to peat lakes. When planning a restoration project, it is best to plant species which have been sourced from naturally occurring vegetation close to where they will be replanted. This practice is called ecosourcing and is important as it means plants will be suited to local conditions, more likely to survive and less likely to become invasive.

For the Kaipaki Gully project, the species include karamu, cabbage trees, kowhai, kanuka, akeake, five finger, toetoe and flax.

The following links provide information on ecosourcing and what to plant in your area:
DoC's guide to ecosourcing seeds

DoC's local planting guides

Forest Flora planting guide

Waikato Regional Council Planting Guide