There are about 20 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees in this genus, with the majority native to New Zealand. The foliage is highly ornamental and interesting, being simple or palmate and some have serrated edges. The species have tiny flowers borne in larges clusters followed by small berries which are mostly black.
Pseudopanax species are highly prized for their landscaping versatility. Their strong, attractive leaf form, texture and colour and the fact that they are evergreen make them wonderful for group planting or for accent planting. Leaf colours include a strong glossy mid-green, bronze/green, bronze/coper and a gorgeous variegated species, Pseudopanax lessonii ‘Gold Splash’ which is green and gold.
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The fascinating thing about Pseudopanax crassifolius is that it goes through a total transformation as it grows from a juvenile tree to a mature tree, almost as radical as a teenager entering puberty! It begins life with a single stem with sparsely spaced, drooping, leathery, bronze/purple leaves, and after 10 – 20 years suddenly the stem thickens and becomes a slender trunk, branches apear and leaves become shorter and grow green and upright. Planted in groups, this tree makes a striking feature at each stage of its growth. Very highly recommended.
Pseudopanax species are very easy to grow, enjoying fertile well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Most species will tolerate at least light frost but should be given a warm sheltered site in cool areas.
NZ Native Lancewood. When juvenile this tree has a single stem and stiff sword-like narrow leaves that are a bronze green shade. Older plants form a rounded head of smaller leathery foliage. Striking landscape plant especially when planted in groups. Tolerant of sun or part shade and light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 4m x 1m
Lessonii - NZ Native. Finest offering of colour and beauty to the garden. Elegant, impressive and fascinating with bold leathery leaves a unique combination of vibrant gold liberally splashed over emerald green. Hardy. H3 x 2m.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Native. An interesting architectural plant especially in its juvenile form when it has very long narrow foliage in deepest green with an orange mid-rib. The leaves are undulated and hang downwards. Stiff upright habit. Looks good group planted. Plant in sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m
Current Stock Height: 100/120 cm ?
Container: pb8 ?
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