its golden touch
golden tainui (Pomaderris kumeraho) is dropping its leaves.
Some of the slender branches are now bare and it looks like it is
dying. It has been growing beautifully for the past seven years
in a sunny, sheltered position. I watered about twice a week during
the recent drought. Does it need feeding?
it's probably just a case of old age. They are one of our showiest
native shrubs when in flower, but are relatively short-lived. They
grow rapidly for the first few years, are quite tolerant of poor
soil, put on a great show in spring, but sadly only last a few years.
However, they often self-seed,
so you might find a few seedlings coming up nearby which you could
leave as is, to grow on their own or, in winter, move to a better
spot while they are still quite small. They grow best in full sun
with plenty of exposure to wind and fresh air. Don't be tempted
to fertilise them, as they naturally grow in soils of relatively
Gardener, Issue 196, 2006, Page 38
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.