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.
Native. An attractive evergreen foliage shrub with evergreen glossy leaves that are shades of green and bronze, the colours intensify in cooler weather. A great contrast plant that grows happily in the garden or a container. Will grow in sun or part shade. Protect from frost when young.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
Native. An extremely handsome foliage shrub with leathery glossy green leaves made up of 3 broad lobes. Good compact habit. Can have a bronze overtone in winter. Looks great in the garden or use as a container plant. Needs protection from harsh frost when young. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1m