One of the reasons that radiata pine has proved such a popular plantation tree in New Zealand is that it grows well on a variety of soils. Pumice soils of the Kāingaroa plains in the central North Island support vigorous pine forests.
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New Zealand Society of Soil Science
Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel/New Zealand Society of Soil Science, 1988, p. 43
Photograph by Quentin Christie
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