kapuka, papauma, broadleaf
Glossy bright green oval leaves 5 to 10 cm long and to 5 cm wide. Panicles of very tiny greenish flowers in spring. Occurs in forests throughout New Zealand. Grows as a tree up to 15 m high in nature, but is generally grown as a shrub or hedge in garden situations and maintained at a height of 1.5 to 4 m.
Will grow in a wide range of conditions. Prefers a sunny position, but also tolerates shade. Intolerant of excessively wet sites. Suitable for exposed areas. Quite drought tolerant once established. To keep the plant compact, prune once a year, preferably with secateurs (as opposed to pruning shears). Hardy to -12 0C.
The fresh green foliage of Griselinia littoralis combines beautifully with divaricating plants such as Muehlenbeckia astonii, with flax-like plants and with taller grasses such as Chionochloa flavicans. Forms a good background for feature plantings, and perfect as a hedge.
Type of plantTree - Evergreen Shrub - Evergreen
Sizewithout pruning to 15 m, with pruning 1.5 to 4 m
Landscape Useshelterbelt, hedge, filler or background in shrubberies and coastal gardens
- Temperature: Half hardy
- Light: Low Medium High
- Moisture: Low Medium
- Soil: Light Medium
- Wind tolerance: High
- Coastal tolerance: High