Pseudopanax laetus

The pretty one. Large glossy evergreen bush/tree. Marvellous in a pot. Pseudopanax don’t seem to bother much with soppy things like roots… 10ft in 7 years. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.

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Hardiness level Red

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This plant occurs naturally in forest margins and scrubland and will there grow to 15ft in height. In cultivation it will grow happily either in the open or in dappled shade achieving dimensions of 10ft in height and spread. Similar to Pseudopanax arboreus but with bigger and shinier leaves (more exotic looking) but smaller in stature.

In common with all Pseudopanax, it will survive happily in a pot for longer than most. This is probably associated with the fact that many of these can be found as epiphytes in their native New Zealand - or 'Perching Plants' as they call them there. These are plants growing in large trees merely surviving from whatever food and moisture they can gather from the mother plant.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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