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PRUNUS lusitanica - Portugese Laurel
A large shrub or small tree, this evergreen cherry has dark green glossy leaves and small white flowers in 15cm racemes, late spring-summer, followed by red to black cherries in February and March. Great as a screen, hedge or specimen, especially in more formal gardens. Works well in a tub or limbed up as an avenue tree. Hardy and easy to grow in well-drained soils.
Evergreen - 5m x 4m

PSEUDOPANAX arboreus - Five Finger, Puahou
Tropical-looking, much-branched small native tree, useful as specimen, shade, shelter or erosion control. Also a fast-growing nurse tree in revegetation projects. Sweet scented yellowish-green flowers are followed by ma sses of small purple fruit in spring, attracting tui and silvereye. Grows in sun or part shade, poor soils, dry or damp soils and windy/coastal spots.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius - Lancewood, Horoeka
A small, narrow tree with very long, toothed bronze-green leaves hanging on a branchless trunk for the first 15 to 20 years, then becoming a round-headed tree with much shorter, broader green leaves. Black shiny fruit attracts birds. Very effective alone or in groups in landscaping; also often used in revege projects. Grows in sun or shade and most soil conditions except wet. Wind tolerant.
Evergreen - 4m x 1m @ 10 years

PSEUDOPANAX laetus - Broad-leaved Five Finger
A fast-growing multi-branched bushy shrub with deep-green glossy leaves, which are broader and more tropical looking than those of the common five finger. Tui feed on the nectar in spring and the fruit in autumn. Grows in sun or shade and most soil conditions except wet. Slightly frost tender. Wind tolerant.
Evergreen - 3m x 1.5m

PSEUDOPANAX lessonii - Coastal Five Finger, Houpara
A tough, coast-hardy shrub with attractive leathery leaves. An excellent fast-growing addition to mixed plantings; its lush look is well suited to tropical gardens. In autumn, birds feed on the purple fruit, which follow tiny green flowers. Grows in sun or part shade and most soil conditions except wet. Wind and frost tolerant.
Evergreen - 3m x 1.5m

PSEUDOPANAX lessonii Goldfinger
Beautiful native with finger like, bright golden new growth ageing to dark green. Great in mixed plantings as a contrast to greens, purples and silver-blues. Avoid wet areas, otherwise happy in average soils, in semi shade or full sun (colour will be better in full sun). Takes coastal, windy sites. Birds attracted to the seeds.
Evergreen - 1.8m x 1.5m

RHOPALOSTYLIS sapida - Nikau Palm
NZ's elegant native palm, with smooth, straight trunk growing to 8m-plus, crowned by feather-like 3m-long fronds. Spectacular lilac to cream flowers form in clusters up to 60cm long through summer, followed by brilliant red fruit, which ripen a year or more later. Being a bush dweller, the nikau likes a shady situation and shelter when young, but later becomes tolerant of sun, wind and coastal conditions. Slow growing. Beautiful planted in a grove.
Evergreen - 4m x 1.5m @ 10 years

SOPHORA godleyi - Rangitikei Kowhai
From the Rangitikei region, this kowhai has long pendulous branches with grey-green foliage and prolific gold flowers, attracting tuis in the spring. Grows in damp (not boggy) or dry soils and is coastal hardy. Grows naturally along stream banks and on the edge of the bush, eventually forming a wide-headed canopy.
Evergreen - 7m x 5m

SYZYGIUM paniculatum - Australian Rose Apple
Fast-growing with graceful branches, red new shoots and fluffy white flowers in summer followed by purple berries in winter, which are great fodder for birds. Ideal quick screen, shelter, clipped hedge or specimen. Frost tender when young. Suits most soils except wet and takes a reasonable amount of wind. May need occasional spray with insecticide for psyllid, visible as tiny lumps in the leaves.
Evergreen - 7m x 5m

VIBURNUM tinus Eve Price
Attractive, hardy, flowering shrub from the Mediterranean, with compact form and dense, lush green foliage to ground level. Fragrant flowers appear winter through to spring, starting as red buds and opening to white tinted pink. Blue black berries, liked by birds, follow in summer. Good for hedges, screens and mixed borders. Will grow in full sun or semi shade, in free draining soil.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1.3m

VITEX lucens - Puriri
A large native tree with round-headed spreading canopy, excellent for specimen planting in the paddock or lawn, or for use in mixed plantings of natives, especially on windy and/or coastal sites. Maintains juvenile shrubby form for several years. Small dull-red year-round flowers are followed by bright orange-red fruit, enjoyed by native pigeons. Will grow in dry to damp (not wet) soils. Moderately frost tender.
Evergreen - 6m x 5m @ 10 years

 
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