Griselinia is a relatively small family of evergreen shrubs with only 6 species in the family. They are indigenous to Chile and NZ and it is interesting to note that along with Griselinia many of our native plants have a close association with those found in Chile. Something for further discussion after a bit more research!
Griselinia littoralis or Kapuka is a deservedly popular evergreen shrub found throughout NZ. The name 'littoralis' means'of the seashore' so that's a sure indication that this shrub will do well in coastal conditions. Actually, Griselinia littoralis does well in just about any conditions including wind, cold, sun or part shade. Extreme harsh frost and a permanently soggy, wet soil will probably cause them to sulk a little but even under those conditions, the plants are amazingly tolerant.
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Here at Wairere we mainly sell Griselinia for hedging. The plants are quick to establish, don't mind being trimmed regularly (though this is best done in summer) and with their fresh, shiny, undulating light green leaves they always look well groomed and ready for action! A first choice plant when establishing a new section as it won';t take long before they offer a solid background, hedge or windbreak depending on what is required.
There is a larger leafed form of Griselinia called G. lucida which adds a more sub-tropical air to the garden with its luxuriant foliage. However this form is not so hardy and does not tolerate the same harsh conditions as its close cousin. G. lucida does well on the coast and with its aerial root system can even be found growing high on rock faces and in the forks of large trees. In the garden it has a more down to earth habit and adjusts its root growing system accordingly. If you want a large quantity of Griselinia for hedging talk to us about the various grades and price options available.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular and versatile Griselinia. Small glossy green foliage with undulating edges looks good all year round and 'Alpine' has a nice compact habit and high tolerance to just about any conditions including coastal. Fast growing - evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
Native. An easy to grow shrub which is invaluable for difficult sites as it is tolerant of almost any conditions including coastal. Fresh bright green foliage highlighted by red stems. Particularly useful for hedging. Always looks neat and tidy, trims exceptionally well. Evergreen.