• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower, 6 to 9 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Summer to Fall
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree, Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower, 6 to 9 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer to Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleRustic, Tropical
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus rich, moist but well-drained soil. In frost-prone areas, shelter young plants from cold, drying winds. Requires a male plant nearby to produce fruit.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This selection was brought to Monrovia by plant explorer Daniel Hinkley. Pseudopanax laetus is found naturally on the New Zealand North Island from Coromandel to Taranaki. Pseudopanax is a small genus of of evergreen plants, the majority of which are endemic to New Zealand, although they also occur in Tasmania (Australia) and some plants from South America have at times been included in this genus.
    The 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.


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