Topseeds NZ


Topseeds NZ specialises in supplying seed of New Zealand native plants collected in the current season from wild and cultivated sources.  Our Catalogue offers a selection of species, most indigenous to the southern South Island, where the hardiest provenances occur.  We also offer some species that are well south of their range in the wild, but thrive in the Otago province at 45°S latitude. 

 At Topseeds NZ we are passionate about the beauty and usefulness of New Zealand native plants for the contrasts of their foliage sizes, shapes, textures and colours, their importance in sustaining birds and invertebrates, their unusual growth habits, and their adaptability to a wide range of conditions. New Zealand's unique native flora (85% of its flowering plant species are endemic) is adapted to a range of habitats, and our plants are very much at home in many temperate regions of both hemispheres.  Species and cultivars in a number of genera such as Hebe, Coprosma, Cordyline, Leptospermum, Pittosporum and Phormium have become well established with gardeners in Britain, Europe, North  and South America, South Africa and Japan as well as in New Zealand and Australia.

Our Catalogue includes a species selection tool designed to make your choice easier; you can specify the site conditions, your landscape needs and special flower and fruit features... and an illustrated list of plants that meet these criteria will appear.  If you prefer you can select from just one category...or from two...or all three.

We hope that our seeds will meet your needs, whether you are wanting to grow a few plants for a home garden space, you're looking for a gift, or you need quantities for larger planting projects...and if the last, do ask us about our bulk discounts. You can contact us at

Recent collections include: 

Narrow-leaved lacebark (Hoheria angustifolia) morphs slowly from a divaricating juvenile into an attractive specimen tree with masses of starry flowers in midsummer.

Miro (Prumnopitys ferruginea) is a magnificent podocarp (a type of native conifer) where the "cones" are small and reduced structures compared with the pines with their woody, and often large, cones.  It's been a poor seeding year for many species of conifers and flowering plants, including miro, with some normally heavily seeding trees producing none or very few fruits and cones.

Mikoikoi, (Libertia ixioides), is a member of the iris family, with fans of rigid leaves that are often yellow/orange in full sun.  Its conspicuous orange/yellow seed capsules remain unopened for at least two months, then split to reveal their orange seeds. 

Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides), is New Zealand's tallest native tree, but takes many years to reach the proportions of the 62 m specimen in Pirongia Forest Park; juveniles will generally grow to 3-5 m in 10 years.  If you are restoring a native bush area, kahikatea is an easy podocarp to grow from seed, and will tolerate wet or dry conditions.

The Akaroa daisy (Celmisia mackaui) and Celmisia verbascifolia ssp. verbascifolia are two large herbaceous daisies, of coastal lowlands and subalpine to low alpine areas respectively.  Both form large clumps and sport large, white-rayed heads in midsummer.

Two shrubby members of the daisy family have also been added to the Catalogue: Pachystegia insignis, the spectacular Marlborough rock daisy grows wild on cliffs and other rocky places in the north-eastern South Island, and  Olearia x macrodonta a hybrid of the mountain holly (Olearia ilicifolia) which thrives in cool conditions with good drainage.  

Horopito  (Pseudowintera colorata), a slow-growing shrub with beautiful mottled foliage, and now popular as a food and beverage flavouring

Turutu or blueberry (Dianella nigra) , like a miniature flax that mass planted makes a great groundcover with the bonus of its colourful berries in autumn,  

Kohia (Parsonsia heterophylla)  a beautiful liane with fragrant flowers (it's also known as New Zealand jasmine) and long, thin seed capsules.

Toatoa (Haloragis erecta), a square-stemmed perennial that tolerates poor soils and makes a fast and effective groundcover or filler.

We have now collected broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis) a popular hedge and screen species, that thrives in a range of soils and conditions including windy coastal sites.