Ngā momo rākau, ngā aratohu whakatō rākau Tree species and planting guides

Before you start a planting project you need to decide what species of tree to plant. You’ll need to think about the type of whenua you have, the location and your reason for planting trees.

Choosing the right tree

Our Choosing the right tree page lists environmental factors that affect trees. It also has tips to help you find the best tree for your location.

Planting advice

Our Planting advice and help page lists the different places you can get help from when planting trees.

Species selection tool

Farm Forestry's tool allows you to narrow down the species suitable for growing on your whenua by selecting your:

  • altitude
  • rainfall
  • soil depth and drainage
  • temperature
  • wind
  • commercial return.

Planting and managing native species

Tāne's Tree Trust have produced a technical handbook on planting and managing native species.

Regional guides for planting native trees

Trees That Count have regional guides for planting native trees. They also provide some funding.

Native and exotic trees

Every tree has a purpose. Pine and native trees can benefit each other in the ngahere. Discover how they work together and how pine can protect native tree species.

Collecting seeds

You can save money by collecting and propagating seeds for your trees. But it takes time and you need to know which seeds belong to which tree.

The Department of Conservation has information on ecosourcing (collecting seeds close to where they are to be planted), including:

  • the principles for a restoration project
  • where, when and how to collect and grow native seeds.

Te Uru Rākau have a PDF calendar that includes:

  • the best time of year for seed collection
  • what to look for when collecting native seeds of trees and shrubs.

Look at the calendar along with the Department of Conservation's seed collection and propagation guide for native trees and shrubs.

Next steps

Read about rongoā plants and how they benefit whenua, ngahere and whānau.