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Specialists in Native Plants grown from Seed. Our number one product is manuka.

Revegetation grades of local natives

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Forest Floor is a Wholesale Tree Nursery that has been based in Whangarei, Northland for over 20 years.We grow a wide range of native plants and native trees for revegetation and landscaping, mainly from seed. Most of our plants are seed grown and eco-sourced Northland and Auckland, but we also collect from other areas to order.

Mostly we grow small revegetation grades of the common plain green pioneer species, particularly manuka and kanuka. In addition we supply seed, small seedlings for potting up, growing on lines  and larger sizes of landscaping specimens of certain species only. 

We sell out of most things in the latter half of the year. To get the best plants, ready for planting in mid-winter when conditions are perfect , make an order early in the year. Where big numbers are required, order the year before to get the best price and guaranteed supply. Where special seed collecting is required and we do not have the seed already then we need 18 months to 2 years advance notice.

Some things can take many years to grow. If you visit the nursery and see something you like, get it on the spot (or reserve it) otherwise it may not be available next time you come. We cannot just order up more stock from China!  Having said that, we always have lots of trees growing on out the back that will soon be ready.

Our number one speciality over the last 20 years has been growing Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) and Kunzea ericoides (kanuka). We have lots of different provenances available including high UMF selections, cold climate selections, coloured flowering selections, high triketone oil selections and disease resistant selections. We believe our manuka plants are the best available in NZ, having now grown well over 1.5 million plants. We have always believed in manuka as a superplant, nature's answer to healing erosion prone steep hillsides. Manuka pioneers the way for native bush to come in of its own accord. Now farmers are planting marginal land with manuka to produce medicinal honey to beat the antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains. It makes superb firewood and also the best chips for smoking fish. The oil can be extracted from the leaf and is also medicinal.

Manuka supports both types of myccorhizal fungi so is the ideal pioneer for virtually any forest tree, including fruit trees. We use it to shelter young avocado trees for example. They let through the ideal amount of light and build up the soil.

small manuka leptospermum scoparium forest floor tree nursery nzOn the left is a manuka on a Forest Floor planting job, about 6 months after planting. It is nice and bushy, which will result in a profusion of flowers in another 12 months. The trunk is also very stocky and will resist blowing over in coastal gales that frequent much of NZ.  This is why we prefer to supply bushy squat plants, with a proportionate bushy root system, as opposed to tall lanky plants with few roots and few growing tips

manuka leptospermum scoparium flowers

red manuka flowers

These red manuka flowers were growing naturally on the roadside. We grow many different strains of manuka, mainly ones in the Northland eco-region.  There are actually several distinct varieties of manuka recognised, and we can easily tell the difference between manuka plants from different parts of the country. Some individual plants like this one pictured are worth cultivating just for their unique beauty. We usually recommend local genetics should be used, since nature has perfected the species for many years. However the species itself is continually changing and evolving in response to environmental changes and selection pressures. The main thing for the species sake is to maintain a wide variety of genetics, preferably the local ones well represented, and certainly avoiding too much reliance on a narrow genetic range of cutting grown or cloned cultivars.

In addition we grow a wide range of landscaping plants, especially plants that are threatened in the wild, such as these Astelia chathamica and Astelia banksii. 

We also grow a wide range of bamboo. (click this link to go to bamboo page). We are avid bamboo collectors and see bamboo as  widely under-utilised super-plants that have a huge economic future. 

We spend much of our time gardening, creating landscapes for ourselves and others, using predominately native plants. We provide consultancy services including design and project implementation.

In the example below, the owner wished to reduce mowing while still be able to walk around the garden to admire the view.

Forest Floor native tree back yard planting with manuka

In this example we had to plant islands, to integrate man-made ponds with the wider environment

Forest Floor tree nursery local landscaping job using manuka and cabbage trees

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