Kapuka, pāpāuma, New Zealand broadleaf
A large evergreen shrub, Griselinia littoralis displays leathery apple green leaves that can be trimmed into a dense screen or left to grow into a specimen.
Extreme drought and late frost will damage the plant, otherwise it is exceptionally tolerant of windy sites even on the coast.
Griselinia littoralis is native to New Zealand, where it is known as kapuka or pāpāuma in the language of the indigenous Māori population. In the wild it grows in coastal areas as well as up to 900 metres above sea level.
The species name ‘littoralis’ means ‘of the sea shore’ and that gives a clue to the perfect use for Griselinia littoralis – as hedging or shelter in exposed coastal locations where it can handle salt laden gales with impunity.
Care & Size Guidance
Griselinia littoralis can be reasonably fast growing once established in the right conditions, and can reach up to 8 metres in height. However they are very easy to prune as a hedge to keep at a smaller size.