Don became convinced that kiwis need to understand the story of their native trees better—and has set out to help tell this story. He believes we deserve and need more than just the best known species if we are to do justice to NZ’s rich biodiversity. Not all the species have succeeded in the warmth of the Matakana microclimate, but there are sufficient to add greatly to the range of colours and forms of what we are planting.
There truly is a native tree for every situation—we no longer need to resort to planting exotics in locations where previously insufficient native species were available. takana trees have been nurtured through the difficult juvenile stage, where attrition rates can be very high. takana offers big trees only (minimum 45L bags, usually 2m+), so that customers can be confident they have robust stock ready to make their mark as fine specimens in their chosen position. takana labels are consistent, descriptive and accurate, so you have a lasting measure of what the tree needs, and how it should develop.
takana wants to help you choose the right natives for your location—and give some options for your selection from the wide resource that we offer.