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Kiwi Gem™ Shrub Panax

Pseudopanax laetus

A handsome evergreen shrub with whorls of large, glossy dark green leaves that give it a bold tropical appearance. Clusters of interesting purple-green flowers may be followed by purple-black fruit on female plants. Less susceptible to root disease than Pseudopanax arboreus. Its spreading, rounded form is striking in a poolside planting or container.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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LoreThe species name comes from the Latin laetus 'bright'. Pseudopanax arboreus is dioecious (like a holly), meaning individual plants are either male or female, and female plants will produce small black berries if planted near a male plant. Monrovia grows a mix of male and female plants, however, they are not sold by specific sex as the berries are not considered to be highly ornamental.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 9 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer to Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Poolside, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Accent, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Improved Disease Resistance, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Thrives in humus rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil; avoid soggy, poorly drained soils and extended dry spells. Provide part shade in hotter summer regions. Protect young plants from harsh winter winds and severe frost. Requires a male plant nearby to produce fruit. Prune only as needed to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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